Application for Approval to Participate in Federal Student Financial Aid Programs

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, Program Compliance, School Eligibility Service Group, School Participation Management Division

Introduction


What is this document?
When must an institution submit this application?
How is this application organized?
Why is there a glossary?
Paperwork Reduction Statement
Privacy Act Disclosure Notice
How to complete this application
What is your status during our review period?
What if you have questions?

What is this document?

This is an application that a postsecondary educational institution must complete and submit to the U.S. Department of Education:

When must an institution submit this application?

An institution (referred to as "you" for the remainder of this application) must submit this application to the U.S. Department of Education (referred to as "we" for the remainder of this application) when:

or

We will consider your date of submission to be the date you used the "Submit Application" page to electronically submit the application to us.

How is this application organized?

This application is divided into 13 sections, plus a glossary at the end.

Note: To expand on any of your answers, you may use Question 69.

Why is there a glossary?

We mean a specific definition for many of the words and phrases in this application, such as "regular student," "award year," and "federal student financial aid programs." When filling out the application, you must be sure that you know how terms are defined. The definitions contained in the glossary generally are restatements of statutory or regulatory definitions.

Paperwork Reduction Statement

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 17 hours per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. The obligation to respond to this collection is required to obtain or retain benefit (Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA)). Send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20210-4537 or email ICDocketMgr@ed.gov and reference the OMB Control Number 1845-0012.

Privacy Act Disclosure Notice

Thank you for visiting our Web site. Postsecondary institutions use the E-APP to apply or designation as an eligible institution, initial participation, recertification, reinstatement, change in ownership, or to update a current approval.  Updates include changes such as, but not limited to, name or address change, new location or program, increased level of offering, change of officials, or mailing address for publications. This includes information about the school’s name, address, locations, programs, officials, authorizing agencies, owners and servicers. We only collect information that we need to determine if the institution is eligible, and if applicable, certified to participate in the Title IV, HEA programs.   The information that is being requested is mandated by the Higher Education Act and Title 31 as amended by Section 31001 of Public Law 104-134 of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996. Section 498A(a)(3) of the HEA requires the Secretary to establish a central database of information on institutional accreditation, eligibility, and certification that include all information available to the Department. Section 498A(c) instructs the Secretary to make this information available to all institutions of higher education, guaranty agencies, states, and other organizations participating in the programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA. Please note:  the Application requests the Social Security numbers (SSNs) of the owners of the institutions. The SSNs are used to determine institutional eligibility and to verify identities. The SSNs are collected under the authority of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-134. This act requires Federal agencies to secure the TIN (the Social Security Number, for individuals) of persons "doing business with the agency," a term that includes being "in a relationship with the agency that may give rise to a receivable due that agency." 31 U.S.C. §7701(c)(1), (2)(E). Due to security concerns, U.S. Department of Education is not collecting SSNs on this website at this time. Instead, if applicable, you must submit your SSNs to U.S. Department of Education by writing them on Section M of the application.

No cookies or other tracking technology are used on the website.

If you decide to send us an electronic mail message (e-mail), the message will usually contain our return e-mail address.  I you include personally identify information in your e-mail because you want us to address issues specific to your situation, we may use that information in responding to your request.  This information is not maintained in a privacy act system of records. Also e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception.  Please send only information necessary to help us process your application.

If you chose not to submit an Application for Approval to Participate in Federal Student Financial Aid Programs, the institution cannot be determined to be eligible or continued to be eligible for the Title IV FSA programs.

Please contact us at U. S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, 830 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-5402, or call 1-800 872-5327, or email us at customerservice@inet.ed.gov to ask any questions regarding our Privacy Policy and our Privacy Statement.

How to complete this application

Step 1:

You must have an OPE ID assigned by the U.S. Department of Education to use the Electronic Application. Read each section that you are required to complete and identify the kinds of information and documents you will need to collect. Note that you will not have to complete every section of the application. Determine the information that you need from other offices and request it. At the time of your request, also ask those offices to notify you if the information changes.


Step 2:


Gather the information and fill out the application. Refer to the Help Page for additional assistance in filling out the electronic application.


Step 3:


If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate School Participation Division (listed at the end of this Introduction) by telephone, fax, or Internet.


Step 4:


After you have filled out your application, you must submit it electronically. For your electronic application to be considered submitted to U.S. Department of Education, you must:

  • Click on the Submit the Application link from the Index page or Section M (there is also a submit option available from the bottom of each application page).
  • If there are any edit errors on the application or if any required fields have not been entered, messages will display to indicate what changes are required with hot links to follow to access the appropriate section of the application directly.
  • If all required entries have been made on your application and all edit errors have been corrected, a "Submit Application" button will display.
  • Click on this button to submit your application to U.S. Department of Education
  • A page will display with the message "Your application has been received by the U.S. Department of Education." to verify that the application has been submitted.
  • If you need to make additional changes to your application after it is submitted the first time, follow this same process to resubmit the application after completing the changes.


Step 5:


Have the President/CEO/Chancellor of your institution review the application and sign the signature page (Section L).


Step 6:


Keep a copy of the application and the required supporting documentation for your records (see Section M for a list of attachments required with your application).


Step 7:


Send the signature page (Section L) and copies of required supporting documents to us. Do not mail the rest of the application to U.S. Department of Education.

Send the signature page and copies of required supporting documents to the following address (To assist in the processing of your application, please send all supporting documents via commercial overnight delivery.):

 

 

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid
Program Compliance
Integrated Partner Management Division
830 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20202-5402

 

We recommend that you retain proof of when you submit the application.


Step 8:


Respond to any additional questions that we might have about your application during our review period. You will receive any such requests generally within 90 days of our receiving your application. We might ask for materials, such as your catalog or copies of contracts with third-party servicers. We also will use information from documents on file that you already submitted to us.

Depending on the outcome of our review, either we will send you a Program Participation Agreement to sign (and further instructions) or we will notify you that your application is denied.

What is your status during our review period?

During our review period, your status will be as follows:

or

or

or

or

What if you have questions?

For additional help in filling out the Electronic Application, refer to the Help Document

If you have questions, please contact the appropriate School Participation Division by telephone, fax or Internet.

If you are a foreign institution or foreign graduate medical school, contact the Foreign School Participation Division at:

Telephone: (202) 377-3168
Fax: (202) 275-3486
Email:
SPD

For all other schools contact the appropriate School Participation Division identified below.

If you are located in...

Contact the...

by telephone...

by fax...

or by Email...

Alabama

Atlanta Division

(404)974-9303

(404)974-9322

SPD

Alaska

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(206)615-2594

(206)615-2508

SPD

American Samoa

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

Arizona

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

Arkansas

Dallas Division

(214)661-9490

(214)661-9662

SPD

California

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

Colorado

Denver Division

(303)844-3677

(303)844-4695

SPD

Connecticut

Boston Division

(617)289-0133

(617)289-0153

SPD

Delaware

Philadelphia Division

(215)656-6442

(215)656-6499

SPD

District of Columbia

Philadelphia Division

(215)656-6442

(215)656-6499

SPD

Federated States of Micronesia

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

Florida

Atlanta Division

(404)974-9303

(404)974-9322

SPD

Georgia

Atlanta Division

(404)974-9303

(404)974-9322

SPD

Guam

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

Hawaii

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

Idaho

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(206)615-2594

(206)615-2508

SPD

Illinois

Chicago Division

(312)730-1511

(312)730-1520

SPD

Indiana

Chicago Division

(312)730-1511

(312)730-1520

SPD

Iowa

Kansas City Division

(816)268-0410

(816)268-0444

SPD

Kansas

Kansas City Division

(816)268-0410

(816)268-0444

SPD

Kentucky

Kansas City Division

(816)268-0410

(816)268-0444

SPD

Louisiana

Dallas Division

(214)661-9490

(214)661-9662

SPD

Maine

Boston Division

(617)289-0133

(617)289-0153

SPD

Maryland

Philadelphia Division

(215)656-6442

(215)656-6499

SPD

Massachusetts

Boston Division

(617)289-0133

(617)289-0153

SPD

Michigan

Denver Division

(303)844-3677

(303)844-4695

SPD

Minnesota

Chicago Division

(312)730-1511

(312)730-1520

SPD

Mississippi

Atlanta Division

(404)974-9303

(404)974-9322

SPD

Missouri

Kansas City Division

(816)268-0410

(816)268-0444

SPD

Montana

Denver Division

(303)844-3677

(303)844-4695

SPD

Nebraska

Kansas City Division

(816)268-0410

(816)268-0444

SPD

Nevada

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

New Hampshire

Boston Division

(617)289-0133

(617)289-0153

SPD

New Jersey

New York Division

(646)428-3750

(646)428-3742

SPD

New Mexico

Dallas Division

(214)661-9490

(214)661-9662

SPD

New York

New York Division

(646)428-3750

(646)428-3742

SPD

North Carolina

Atlanta Division

(404)974-9303

(404)974-9322

SPD

North Dakota

Denver Division

(303)844-3677

(303)844-4695

SPD

Northern Marianas

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

Ohio

Chicago Division

(312)730-1511

(312)730-1520

SPD

Oklahoma

Dallas Division

(214)661-9490

(214)661-9662

SPD

Oregon

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(206)615-2594

(206)615-2508

SPD

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Division

(215)656-6442

(215)656-6499

SPD

Puerto Rico

New York Division

(646)428-3750

(646)428-3742

SPD

Republic of Palau

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

Republic of the Marshall Islands

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(415)486-5677

(415)486-5676

SPD

Rhode Island

Boston Division

(617)289-0133

(617)289-0153

SPD

South Carolina

Atlanta Division

(404)974-9303

(404)974-9322

SPD

South Dakota

Denver Division

(303)844-3677

(303)844-4695

SPD

Tennessee

Kansas City Division

(816)268-0410

(816)268-0444

SPD

Texas

Dallas Division

(214)661-9490

(214)661-9662

SPD

U.S. Virgin Islands

New York Division

(646)428-3750

(646)428-3742

SPD

Utah

Denver Division

(303)844-3677

(303)844-4695

SPD

Vermont

Boston Division

(617)289-0133

(617)289-0153

SPD

Virginia

Philadelphia Division

(215)656-6442

(215)656-6499

SPD

Washington

SanFrancisco/Seattle Division

(206)615-2594

(206)615-2508

SPD

West Virginia

Philadelphia Division

(215)656-6442

(215)656-6499

SPD

Wisconsin

Chicago Division

(312)730-1511

(312)730-1520

SPD

Wyoming

Denver Division

(303)844-3677

(303)844-4695

SPD