Great Lakes

Common Manual

The Common Manual provides a single, standardized set of current student loan rules and Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) policy guidance. It is available in two formats: the Integrated Common Manual is updated periodically with policies approved by the Governing Board the previous quarter, while the Electronic Common Manual is released and is available for download from the Common Manual website, which also hosts other useful related content.

To view or download the Common Manual:

  1. Visit the Common Manual website.
  2. Click on "Common Manual" and select either the "Integrated Common Manual (ICM)" or "Electronic Common Manual (ECM)" option.
  3. To open the file, click the link. To save the file to your computer, right-click on the link and choose the "Save Target As" option.