A-Z Financial Aid Acronyms

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Revised 04/15/2024

A

AACRAO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

AAI: Adjusted Available Income

ACA: Administrative Cost Allowance

AGI: Adjusted Gross Income

B

BBAY: Borrower-Based Academic Year

BDR: Borrower Defense to Repayment

C

CB: Campus-Based

C-Code: Comment Code

CDR: Cohort Default Rate

COA: Cost of Attendance

COD: Common Origination and Disbursement

D

DHS: U.S Department of Homeland Security

DL: Direct loan

DOB: Date of Birth

DRAP: Default Reduction Assistance Program

E

EAPP: Electronic Application to Participate

ECAR: Eligibility and Certification Approval Report

ED: U.S. Department of Education

EFA: Estimated Financial Assistance

EFC: Expected Family Contribution

EFT: Electronic Funds Transfer

EITC: Earned Income Tax Credit

ERR: Enrollment Roster Reporting

ET: Eastern Time

ETV: Education and Training Voucher

F

FAA: Financial Aid Administrator

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAS: Financial Aid Services

FDLP: William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

FERPA: Family Education Rights & Privacy Act

FFEL: Federal Family Education Loan

FISAP: Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate

FPS: FAFSA Processing System

FSA: Federal Student Aid

FSAIC: Federal Student Aid Information Center

FSEOG: Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity

FTI: Federal Tax Information

FWS: Federal Work-Study

FY: Fiscal Year

G

GE: Gainful Employment

GED: General Education Development (certificate)

GEN: Dear Colleague Letter designation for general letters

H

HCM1: Heightened Cash Monitoring 1 Payment Method

HCM2: Heightened Cash Monitoring 2 Payment Method

HEA: Higher Education Act

HEERF: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

HHS: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

I

IPEDS: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

IRA: Individual Retirement Account

IRS: Internal Revenue Service

IRS DRT: Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool

ISIR: Institutional Student Information Record

J

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K

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L

LEU: Lifetime Eligibility Used

LDA: Last Date of Attendance

LOA: Leave of Absence

M

MPN: Master Promissory Note

N

N/A: Not Applicable

NACCAS: National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences

NASFAA: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

NSLDS: The National Student Loan Data System

NSLP: National Student Loan Program

O

OPE ID: Office of Postsecondary Education Identification

P

PEP: Prision Education Program

PII: Personally Identifiable Information

PJ: Professional Judgment

PLUS: Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students

PPA: Program Participation Agreement

PSLF: The Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Q

QA: Quality Assurance

QTP: Qualified Tuition Program

R

R2T4: Return of Title IV Funds

S

SAI: Student Aid Index

SAIG: Student Aid Internet Gateway

SAP: Satisfactory Academic progress

SAR: Student Aid Report

SAY: Scheduled Academic Year

SEOG: Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

SER: Student Eligibility Review

SID: Student Identifier in COD

SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SSA: Social Security Administration

SSIG: State Student Incentive Grant

SSN: Social Security Number

T

TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

TBD: To Be Determined

TC: Total Contribution

TEACH: Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education

TIN: Taxpayer Identification Number

TI: Total Income

TML: Transfer Monitoring List

TPD: Total and Permanent Disability

U

UEH: Unusual Enrollment History

UEI: Unique Entity Identifier

V

VA: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VAT: Value Added Tax

VWS: Verification Worksheet

W

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X

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Y

YTD: Year to Date

Z

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