For both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 award years the Department of Education has issued guidance around a few different aspects of verification:
The Department of Education has suspended the requirements that a student must be in person or submit notarized documents when going through the identity and statement of educational purpose verification process. They have said these documents can be submitted in person or electronically, via email, through uploading photos, or through the school’s portal. How these are submitted will depend on the school and the resource they have available. The Department has also given guidance that colleges can accept expired forms of identification as long as they expired after March 1, 2020.
Additionally, for household size and number in college verification forms the Department of Education has waived the need for a parent signature (if they are unavailable).
All guidance listed above is in effect until June 30, 2020.
For the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 award years the Department of Education has provided leniency in the type of documentation needed to prove high school completion status. This guidance is in effect until the end of December 2020.