First published in December 1995, the Common Manual is a cooperative effort of all of the nation's guarantors that participate in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). The manual, one of a number of efforts by guarantors to simplify and streamline the FFELP for schools and lenders, provides a single, standardized set of current student loan rules and FFELP policy guidance for schools and lenders. Guarantors provide the Common Manual in a user-friendly, searchable electronic format to thousands of colleges, universities, and financial institutions nationwide via Web-based and compact disk formats. Some also provide the manual in print.
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Training Briefs are developed by the Common Manual Policy Committee to assist community participants in understanding how the Common Manual is managed and updated, how to access Common Manual information, and how to participate in the policy development process.