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Session GA-05. Lender ID Assignment Rules and Process Angelita Dozier U.S. Department of Education. Background. HEA Sec 435(d)(1) and 34 CFR Section 682.200 identify entities eligible to participate in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program

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session ga 05

Session GA-05

Lender ID Assignment Rules and Process

Angelita Dozier

U.S. Department of Education

  • HEA Sec 435(d)(1) and 34 CFR Section 682.200 identify entities eligible to participate in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program
  • Currently there are three predominant participants in the FFEL program:
    • traditional lenders (banks & credit unions),
    • schools, and
    • institutions using an eligible lender trustee (ELTs)
  • The purpose of the LID is to track participants in the FFEL program


enrollment process
Enrollment Process

All institutions are required to work with a guaranty agency (of their choice) to initiate the LID enrollment process. All requests must come from the guaranty agency; the guaranty agency submits a request on behalf of the lender to the Department

The guaranty agency or lender may provide supporting documentation directly to the FSA LID Process Team


request for new reactivation or reassignment lid
Request for New, Reactivation, or Reassignment LID#
  • Requests should be emailed to
  • The request from the guarantor must provide the following:
    • Tax-ID Number of the lender
    • Name of lender
    • Address of lender
    • Contact person at the lending institution
request for new reactivation or reassignment lid con t
Request for New, Reactivation, or Reassignment LID# (con’t)
  • Phone number of the contact person
  • Fax number of the contact person
  • Email address of the contact person
  • Certification that the lender is an eligible lender according to 682.200(b)
  • Assurance that all parties are in communication and have entered into agreements
request for new reactivation or reassignment lid con t1
Request for New, Reactivation, or Reassignment LID# (con’t)
  • Certification for not-for-profit status (if applicable) and assurance that lender will not violate 50% rule
  • For ELT arrangements, additional documentation is required
documentation required for elt arrangement
Documentation Required for ELT Arrangement
  • Financial statements
  • Financing plan
  • Business cases
  • Agreement with ELT and beneficial holder
elt arrangement
ELT Arrangement
  • A lender may request a LID as an ELT for organizations that are not considered eligible lenders; also referred to as ‘beneficial holders’ of student loans
  • Lenders should have a comprehensive understanding of the beneficial holder (i.e. plans to originate and sell, originate and hold, buy, etc.)
school as lenders
School As Lenders
  • No new requests for schools to act as a lender can be approved - 34 CFR 682.601
  • No school can make or originate loans unless they were an eligible lender as of Feb. 7, 2006 and must have made one or more FFEL loans on or before April 1, 2006
school as lenders con t
School As Lenders (con’t)
  • Schools using an ELT arrangement would need to be in a contract with the trustee on or before Sept. 30, 2006 and the ELT would have to hold at least one loan in trust on behalf of the school on Sept. 30, 2006
  • A lender may request to reassign their LID(s) to another lender
  • FSA expects all participating entities to notify the Department of any pending mergers and/or acquisitions
reassignment con t
Reassignment (con’t)
  • Scenarios that may result from a merger/acquisition:
    • Both parties participate in FFEL and will continue to maintain separate LIDs
    • Both parties participate in FFEL and LIDs will be merged
    • Transfer of ELT/beneficial holder to new ELT
  • Reasons for deactivation of a LID:
    • Merger/Acquisition of lender
    • Lender no longer wants to participate in the program
    • FSA/CFO may request deactivation due to non-billing for the last two quarters
deactivation con t
Deactivation (con’t)
  • ED/FSA may deactivate due to outstanding audit/program review issues or termination from the FFEL program
  • Lender sells their entire portfolio to another lender and wants to exit the program
deactivation con t1
Deactivation (con’t)
  • FSA will complete the following steps prior to deactivating a LID:
    • Determine if money is owed to the Department or the lender
    • Determine if all Consolidation Loan Rebate Fees have been paid
request for additional lid s
  • LIDs are not assigned to accommodate a contractual or organizational issue that a FFEL lender has with their existing servicer(s)
request for additional lid s con t
  • The request for additional LID(s) will be denied if the lender needs to segregate the portfolio:
    • Due to multiple servicers
    • Due to varying borrower benefit programs
    • Due to a desire to track school activity or
    • Due to accounting/finance purposes
hold procedures
Hold Procedures
  • Placing a lender on “hold” allows FSA to suspend interest and special allowance payments to the lender for non-compliance or other issues
  • Reasons for placing a lender on hold:
    • Failure to submit required annual compliance audits
    • Non-payment of fines or fees as result of audit or program review or
    • Other negligent reasons
organization participation agreement opa
A completed and signed OPA indicates that the lender, servicer, or eligible lender trustee agrees to submit data on the quarterly Lender Reporting System (LaRs) to the U.S. Department of Education and to receive data from the Department electronicallyOrganization Participation Agreement (OPA)

If you are an ELIGIBLE LENDER:

Lender Name_____________________________________________________________

Lender Identification (LID) Number(s)_________________________________________

Authorizing Official for LID Number(s) (please print): _____________________________

Original Signature________________________________ Date____________________

If you are a lender SERVICER:

Servicer Name____________________________________________________________

Servicer Identification Number filed on behalf of LID Numbers_____________________


Authorizing Official for Servicer (please print): __________________________________

Original Signature________________________________ Date____________________

If you are an Eligible Lender TRUSTEE:

Eligible Lender Trustee Name_______________________________________________

LID Number(s)__________________________________________________________

Authorizing Official of Lender for ID Number(s) (please print): ____________________


Original Signature________________________________ Date___________________

Name of Entity(ies) for whom the Trustee is acting: _____________________________


U.S. Department of Education Lender/Servicer

Organization Participation Agreement

opa recertification process
OPA Recertification Process
  • Every two (2) years a lender should submit a newly signed OPA
  • Beginning 2008, all lenders will receive an email requesting their OPA to be submitted and recertified
  • If a lender does not provide a new OPA within a reasonable amount of time, the lender will be deactivated
lender application process lap
Application for the lender to provide demographic data, relationship information with guarantor and servicer, and bank account data to be processed by the Department of EducationLender Application Process (LAP)
contact information
Contact Information
  • We appreciate your feedback and comments. The LID Process Team can be reached at:
  • Phone: 202-377-3302
  • Email:
  • Fax: 202-275-0913