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Signing the Statement of Educational Purpose Amid COVID-19

By Kimberly Cravotta, FAAC® February 18, 2021

Recently, we have been receiving questions from institutions whether electronic signatures are acceptable for the Statement of Educational Purpose (SEP). Under normal circumstances, students sign this document at an institution’s financial aid office or in front of a notary public, making a “wet,” or physical, signature. However, with pandemic measures…

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HEERF Annual Reporting Primer

By David B. McClintock, CPA January 20, 2021

During 2020, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), included as part of the wide-ranging CARES Act, provided a lifeline to institutions of higher education and their students. As the policy and requirements for both the student and institutional grants evolved over the year, schools were required to post regular…