COVID-Related Guidance from Federal Student Aid

Are you an approved Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) or a student attending an approved CTP?  If you are, then you will be interested in reading this recent guidance issued by Federal Student Aid at the US Department of Education related to interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated June 16, 2020).  For CTP programs and their students, the most important guidance addresses the use of distance education, since CTP programs are, under normal circumstances, prohibited from operating as an exclusively on-line program. 

The guidance on Approval to Offer Distance Education reads, in part, "The Department is providing broad approval to institutions to use online technologies to accommodate students on a temporary basis, without going through the regular approval process of the Department in the event that an institution is otherwise required to seek Departmental approval for the use or expansion of distance learning programs. This flexibility only applies to a program during a payment period that overlaps the date of this electronic announcement or the following payment period. If an institution chooses to continue offering a new program or use distance education in a manner requiring the Department’s approval after that point, it must seek approval under the Department’s normal process.Here is the full FSA announcement with information concerning FSA requirements that are modified or waived as a result of the COVID campus closures."

Please review all guidance related to this subject in the Electronic Announcement found HERE.

We encourage institutions to visit the Department’s Coronavirus webpage on this topic frequently, as they will post updates as they become available.