Following published guidance by the Department of Education on November 13, 2013, Meadville Lombard established this Direct Loan Quality Assurance Policy and Procedures Summary.
All policies and procedures concerning Title IV funding are designed with these Quality Assurance principles in mind, these include but are not limited to all financial aid policies in the student handbook, all polices in the internal Financial Aid Policy and Procedures manual. From the Department of Education:
The Direct Loan Program regulations at 34 CFR 685.300(b) (9) require schools to implement and document a quality assurance process to ensure that they are complying with program requirements and meeting program objectives.
A school should have a quality assurance process in place that documents that the school is:
To be effective, the steps for implementing a Direct Loan quality assurance process will be unique to each school and need to take into account the characteristics of a school’s academic policies and programs and its borrower population. Schools are encouraged to use self-assessments to examine their procedures and take action on an ongoing basis to strengthen areas of risk.
The Department of Education (the Department) does not mandate the method by which schools meet the quality assurance requirement. Schools may have institutional-designed assessments and quality assurance processes in place to ensure that the Direct Loan quality assurance requirement is met.
The FAA utilizes our SIS to originate all Federal Direct Loans. The SIS generates a disbursement roster available to the FAA, the Registrar, and the Controller. Using information managed by the Registrar the SIS verifies enrollment of students on the list and then provides approval of disbursements to the Controller. The Controller draws down the funds, posts the credits to the student accounts, and refunds any excess payments within three days, meeting the Federal requirements to post the credits within three days and disburse refunds within 14 days. We exceed the requirement by completing the process within three days total.
For any student requesting FSA, before any loan is initiated, Meadville Lombard requires an ISIR (from the FAFSA), a signed in-house loan request form (which specifies the loan amount the student is requesting), Entrance Counseling, and a signed Master Promissory Note. Any comment codes on the ISIR must be resolved. The FAA independently verifies the aggregate loan limit in NSLDS for each student. If any of these items are not received or if any of these items are flagged by either our SIS or COD, we do not initiate loans or disburse funds to the student.
Meadville Lombard uses the advance payment method. Using the SIS in consultation with the Registrar, the FAA confirms that the student has met SAP and enrollment requirements. Once confirmed, the FAA requests the disbursements using our SIS which utilizes COD integration. Once the FAA imports the approved and booked notification from COD into our SIS, the Controller initiates the drawdown of funds in G5. Each step of the process is documented by our SIS.
The FAA utilizes our SIS to originate all Federal Direct Loans. The SIS generates a disbursement roster available to the FAA, the Registrar, and the Controller. Using information managed by the Registrar the SIS verifies enrollment of students on the list and then provides approval of disbursements to the Controller. The Controller draws down the funds, posts the credits to the student accounts and refunds any excess payments within three days, meeting the Federal requirements to post the credits within three days and disburse refunds within 14 days. We exceed the requirement by completing the process within three days total.
Our SIS identifies and notifies the Registrar and the FAA of a student enrollment status change, thus indicating a potential change in their FSA funds. The student may also report such a change to the FAA.
The FAA notifies the Controller to return funds to the cash control account or to reduce a subsequent cash draw.
The FAA and Controller, using the SIS, accumulate this data.
All faculty and staff are required to use the SIS to document student information including information regarding a student’s FSA eligibility. The FAA reviews student accounts on a routine basis. Additionally, the SIS alerts the FAA to any urgent issues regarding a student’s FSA eligibility.
The FAA schedules disbursement dates for approved funds. The Controller uses those schedules to draw down funds. This occurs at least once per academic term.
Direct Loan funds are drawn down based upon the disbursement schedule and immediately applied to student accounts with refunds processed for any accounts with credit balances. Occasionally, as in the case of the CARES Act funding, other funding is requested and received through G5. In these rare instances, the FAA verifies and requests these funds using the SIS in separate and distinct batched disbursements. The Controller draws down the approved funds. The SIS tracks the use of these funds separately from the funds used in the Direct Loan program.
The FAA receives the SAS through our SIS monthly and works with the Controller to create a monthly reconciliation document that shows a balance between our SIS, COD, and G5.