Common Manual Update Archive

2016 Annual Update

2015 Annual Update

2014 Annual Update

2013 Annual Update

2012 Annual Update

2011 Annual Update

The 2011 Manual includes an additional 35 policies that have been incorporated into the Manual since the July 2010 publication. Among these are policies derived from final regulations published late in October 2010. In addition, the Policy Committee has reviewed and updated many statutory, regulatory, and other reference citations to ensure their accuracy, and identified and incorporated 33 technical edit changes. The Policy Committee has continued to enhance the Manual’s history appendix-Appendix H-to include pertinent federal publications, such as notations regarding Dear Colleague Letters and statutory amendments that are important parts of the history of the FFELP and the other federal student aid programs with respect to implementation and enforcement.

2010 Annual Update
The 2010 Manual includes an additional 77 policies that have been incorporated into the Manual since the July 2009 publication. Among these are policies derived from final regulations published late in October 2009, and the remaining provisions from the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), signed into law in August 2008. In addition, the Policy Committee reviewed and updated all statutory, regulatory, and other reference citations to ensure their accuracy, and identified and incorporated 65 technical edit changes. The Policy Committee continued to enhance the Manual’s history appendix-Appendix H-to include pertinent federal publications, such as notations regarding Dear Colleague Letters and statutory amendments that are important parts of the history of the FFELP with respect to implementation and enforcement.

2009 Annual Update
The 2009 Manual includes an additional 85 policies that have been incorporated into the Manual since the July 2008 publication. Among these are policies derived from federal regulations published in October 2008, as well as most of the provisions from the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), signed into law in August 2008. These HEOA policy changes were based on changes to the Higher Education Act and, where applicable, clarifying guidance from Dear Colleague Letter GEN-08-12. Program participants will see further updates to the Manual once final regulations on the HEOA provisions are published. In addition, the Policy Committee reviewed and updated all statutory, regulatory, and other reference citations to ensure their accuracy, and identified and incorporated 78 technical edit changes. The Policy Committee also began to enhance the Manual’s history appendix – Appendix H – to include pertinent federal publications, such as notations regarding Dear Colleague Letters and statutory amendments that are important parts of the history of the FFELP with respect to implementation and enforcement. The Committee will continue its work to enhance Appendix H further during the next production year.

2008 Annual Update
The 2008 Common Manual includes 86 new or revised policies that have been incorporated into the Manual since the July 2007 publication. In addition, the Policy Committee updated a total of 225 statutory, regulatory, and other reference citations, and revised the Manual with 66 technical edit changes.

2007 Annual Update
The 2007 Common Manual includes an additional 58 policies that have been incorporated into the manual since the October 2006 publication. Among these are twelve remaining policies on provisions from the HERA and other policies that primarily address regulations published in August and November 2006. We would like to thank the Policy Committee for its diligent work throughout this year on all these proposals as well as our FFELP partners for their careful review and comments on these updates.

2006 Annual Update
The Common Manual now includes an additional 76 policies that have been incorporated into the manual since last year’s publication. Among these are thirty-one policies based on provisions from the HERA that the Common Manual Policy Committee developed and drafted while the annual publication was suspended. We would like to thank the Policy Committee for its diligent work within this compressed time frame as well as our FFELP partners for their careful review and comments on these additional proposals.

2005 Annual Update
Text changes made to the 2005 manual were developed in many separate policy proposals written in response to the following: regulatory technical corrections published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2004; DCLs and other federal announcements concerning the return of Title IV funds, disaster guidance, exceptional performers, and foreign school loan disbursement procedures; and FFELP industry initiatives such as the realignment resulting from the restructuring of key chapters in 2003 and 2004. Technical edits were made to maintain consistency throughout the manual and to keep terms, citation references, and form names current.

2004 Annual Update
Text changes made to the 2004 manual were developed in nearly 140 separate policy proposals written in response to the following: technical corrections published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2003; DCLs and other federal guidance on teacher loan forgiveness and return of Title IV funds; Federal Register notices on HEROES waivers; FFELP industry initiatives such as the Common Claim Initiative; and realignment resulting from restructuring of key chapters in 2003. Technical edits were made to maintain consistency throughout the manual and to keep terms, cite references, and form names current.

2003 Annual Update

2002 Annual Update

2001 Corrections (Replacement Pages for Chapter 8)

2001 Corrections (Replacement Pages for Chapter CCI 8)

2001 Annual Update

2000 Annual Update

1999 Annual Update

1998 Annual Update