Mapping Your Future: A reminder to confirm school identity registration with the federal government

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A reminder to confirm school identity registration with the federal government

By Catherine Mueller

May 09, 2024

As a part of the process to participate in federal financial aid programs, all postsecondary institutions must regularly renew their registration with the federal government.

In a May 7 Electronic Announcement, the Department of Education said an institution’s Unique Entity ID (UEI) must be verified in the General Services administration (GSA) System for Award Management (SAM.gov) website before carrying out administrative actions that involve a UEI, such as the awarding of Title IV funds.

“To ensure that administrative actions can be completed for Title IV recipients, schools must have 'active' UEIs by registering their grantee and payee UEIs in the SAM website,” the Department said the announcement, adding that “schools must complete the registration confirmation of their UEIs annually.”

Additional information about registering a UEI can be found in the user guides located under the “HELP” tab on the SAM website. Anyone with questions about the SAM website or the UEI registration process should contact the Federal Service Desk at 1-866-606-8220.