New for the 2013-14 FAFSA is the UEH error flag. Normally when a student completes a FAFSA, they receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that contains their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which helps the FA office determine their FA awards. This EFC can come back with an asterisk (*) by it which means their FAFSA information needs to be verified. Sometimes, there will be a “C” next to the EFC. A C code means that there is some problem that needs to be resolved before anything can be done. As long as the information gathered isn’t conflicting, a verified SAR isn’t a big deal. But a C code is much more serious and usually requires more care.
This is the case with the UEH. If a UEH flag comes up on your SAR, you will have a C code. The school receives a similar report called an ISIR, and on the ISIR, it will give either an error code of 359 or 360. Depending on your enrollment history, you will probably have to provide school records from previous schools and explain what your situation was in your previous enrollments. One example of what might cause a UEH flag is if you attended 3 or more schools in the past 2 years. The Dept of Ed doesn’t understand why you are going to multiple schools in a short amount of time. They also don’t understand if you went just long enough to get a refund check.
The goal of the UEH flag is to point out the students who have odd patterns of enrollment at schools and make that student be accountable as to why they feel they should have another chance. This is still new and there will be more information as we get closer to July 1 when the award year begins. But in the meantime, there may be some students who are fine this year who will lose eligibility for next year. Should be interesting how it turns out!