SECTION 8: IMPORTANT NOTICES
Privacy Act Notice.
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C.
552a) requires that the following notice be provided to you:
The authorities for collecting the requested
information from and about you are §421 et seq. or §451 et
seq. of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20
U.S.C. 1071 et seq. or 20 U.S.C. 1087a et seq.) and the
authorities for collecting and using your Social Security
Number (SSN) are §§428B(f) and 484(a)(4) of the HEA (20
U.S.C. 1078-2(f) and 1091(a)(4)) and 31 U.S.C. 7701(b).
Participating in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan
(Direct Loan) Program or Federal Family Education Loan
(FFEL) Program and giving us your SSN are voluntary, but
you must provide the requested information, including your
SSN, to participate.
The principal purposes for collecting the
information on this form, including your SSN, are to verify
your identity, to determine your eligibility to receive a loan
or a benefit on a loan (such as a deferment, forbearance,
discharge, or forgiveness) under the Direct Loan or FFEL
Programs, to permit the servicing of your loans, and, if it
becomes necessary, to locate you and to collect and report
on your loans if your loans become delinquent or default.
We also use your SSN as an account identifier and to permit
you to access your account information electronically.
The information in your file may be disclosed, on a
case-by-case basis or under a computer matching program,
to third parties as authorized under routine uses in the
appropriate systems of records notices. The routine uses of
this information include, but are not limited to, its disclosure
to federal, state, or local agencies, to private parties such as
relatives, present and former employers, business and
personal associates, to consumer reporting agencies, to
financial and educational institutions, and to guaranty
agencies in order to verify your identity, to determine your
eligibility to receive a loan or a benefit on a loan, to permit
the servicing or collection of your loans, to enforce the
terms of the loans, to investigate possible fraud and to verify
compliance with federal student financial aid program
regulations, or to locate you if you become delinquent in
your loan payments or if you default. To provide default rate
calculations, disclosures may be made to guaranty agencies,
to financial and educational institutions, or to state
agencies. To provide financial aid history information,
disclosures may be made to educational institutions.
To assist program administrators with tracking
refunds and cancellations, disclosures may be made to
guaranty agencies, to financial and educational institutions,
or to federal or state agencies. To provide a standardized
method for educational institutions to efficiently submit
student enrollment statuses, disclosures may be made to
guaranty agencies or to financial and educational
institutions. To counsel you in repayment efforts, disclosures
may be made to guaranty agencies, to financial and
educational institutions, or to federal, state, or local
In the event of litigation, we may send records to
the Department of Justice, a court, adjudicative body,
counsel, party, or witness if the disclosure is relevant and
necessary to the litigation. If this information, either alone or
with other information, indicates a potential violation of
law, we may send it to the appropriate authority for action.
We may send information to members of Congress if you
ask them to help you with federal student aid questions. In
circumstances involving employment complaints,
grievances, or disciplinary actions, we may disclose relevant
records to adjudicate or investigate the issues. If provided
for by a collective bargaining agreement, we may disclose
records to a labor organization recognized under 5 U.S.C.
Chapter 71. Disclosures may be made to our contractors for
the purpose of performing any programmatic function that
requires disclosure of records. Before making any such
disclosure, we will require the contractor to maintain Privacy
Act safeguards. Disclosures may also be made to qualified
researchers under Privacy Act safeguards.
Paperwork Reduction Notice.
According to the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required
to respond to a collection of information unless such
collection displays a valid OMB control number. The valid
OMB control number for this information collection is
1845-0018. Public reporting burden for this collection of
information is estimated to average 15 minutes per
response, including time for reviewing instructions,
searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining
the data needed, and completing and reviewing the
collection of information. The obligation to respond to this
collection is required to obtain a benefit in accordance with
34 CFR 682.211 or 685.205.
If you have comments or concerns regarding the
status of your individual submission of this form, please
contact your loan holder directly (see Section 7).
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