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Student Assistance General Provisions (eZ-Audit)

Federal Register, May 16, 2003, Page 26586


Department of Education.


Notice implementing a new electronic process (eZ-Audit) for submitting compliance and financial statement audits.


The Secretary gives notice that on June 16, 2003, the Department will fully implement the eZ-Audit process under which an institution that participates, or seeks to participate, in the Federal student aid programs submits its compliance and financial statement audit information electronically. The Federal student aid programs are authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (Title IV, HEA Programs). This notice applies to any compliance or financial statement audits that an institution is required to submit under 34 CFR 600.20(a) or (b) to begin or continue participating in the Title IV, HEA Programs, any financial statement audits required for an institution that undergoes a change in ownership resulting in a change in control as provided under 34 CFR 600.20(g), any compliance and financial statement audits that an institution is required to submit annually under 34 CFR 668.23, and any compliance and financial statement audits required of an institution that ceases to participate in the Title IV, HEA Programs as provided under 34 CFR 668.26(b).

Effective immediately, institutions may voluntarily begin using eZ-Audit to submit any required audits. Beginning on June 16, 2003, all institutions are required to use eZ-Audit for submitting electronically any required audit that is due on or after that date. However, if an institution is unable to use eZ-Audit to submit its first audit that is due on or after June 16, 2003, it should contact the person identified below to make alternative arrangements for submitting that audit.

Further Information

Ti Baker, Management and Program Analyst, Schools Channel, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education, Union Center Plaza, 074G2, 830 First Street, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 377-3156, Fax: (202) 275-5726, or via Internet: If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.