SectionTitle: Appendix A--Reject Codes and Reject Reasons
PageNumbers: A-1 and A-2
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Reject Reason Codes
Reject reason codes can be either alpha or numeric. Alpha codes indicate reject reasons that are verifiablethat is, the student can verify the questionable data by re-entering the same value, or can correct it to a different value. Numeric codes are not verifiablethe questioned data must be corrected or provided. In all reject situations, the questioned information is highlighted on the SAR and an EFC is not calculated.
A "verify" action on the SAR will override a CPS edit. For example, if a student reports an exceptionally large number of family members, e.g., 20 in the family, the student's application will get Reject W. The student can verify the information by correcting the item to the same value, return the SAR for reprocessing, and Reject W will not be triggered again.
However, if instead of verifying that 20 in the family is correct, the student changes the 20 to 21, the corrected data will be subject to the same edits and will hit Reject W again.
In the electronic system, an FAA can override a verifiable reject (except Reject P) before transmitting the student's data to the CPS if the FAA knows that the reported information is correct.
Reject codes and reasons, and their associated SAR comment codes, are listed here in priority order. If a student is rejected for more than one reason, the codes will also appear in the FAA Information Box in priority order. The resolution for a rejected SAR is always the responsibility of the student, not the institution, and the SAR comment generated by the reject explains what action must be taken.
Reject Code SAR Comment Condition
19 8, 9, 18, 56 Student on verification or drug
abuse hold file
2 n/a Incomplete application (student
did not provide income information)
3 n/a Incomplete Renewal Application
(student did not provide taxable
20 76 Too many comments
1 n/a Simplified needs test not met and
all asset information (except age
of older parent) is blank
17 68 Citizenship information blank
13 82 Both first and last names are blank
N 82 Either first or last name is blank
18 24 Social security number not on
SSA data base
P 23 Social security number not
within valid range
5 n/a Date of birth is blank or invalid
4 n/a Date of birth year equal to or greater
than current year
B n/a Independent student, date of birth
equal to or greater than September
1, 1981, and not equal to or greater
than current year
12 81 Any field needed for calculation is
10 n/a Marital status and number of family
members are blank
W n/a Questionable number of family
11 89, 99 Not married, but two incomes
6 91, 93 Not married, but two expected
year incomes reported (not used
2632 92 Negative asset value, or blank asset
value with positive asset debt
4652 92 " " "
U n/a Real estate/investment debt greater
than value (parents/independent student)
G n/a Real estate/investment debt greater
than value (dependent student)
15 108 Unsigned SAR, parent did not sign
dependent student's application, or parent
did not sign dependent student's Renewal
FAFSA on the Web application
16 110, 111 Unsigned FAFSA Express, FAFSA
on the Web, or Renewal FAFSA on the
Italics indicate a reject code for expected year income, which is not used in 1998-99.