Summary: This letter provides an initial draft of the 1997-98 Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) layout and description.
Action Letter #3
SUMMARY: This letter provides an initial draft of the 1997-98
Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR)
layout and description.
We are pleased to provide you a draft layout and description of the
1997-98 Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR). The ISIR
contains the information reported on the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as key processing results and NSLDS
Financial Aid History information. It is transmitted electronically or
provided on tape, to postsecondary institutions and state educational
Enclosure 1 to this letter is a list summarizing the fields added,
deleted, and modified on the ISIR as compared to the record for
1996-97. Enclosure 2 contains the ISIR layout itself. Changes from
1996-97 are noted: added and modified text are underlined; deleted
text is struck through. The record length in 1996-97 was 2,024
bytes; this draft for 1997-98 has 2,360 bytes.
Note that the enclosed ISIR layout and description is an early draft,
provided so that you can begin to modify your systems for 1997-98.
As modifications to the Central Processing System for the 1997-98
processing cycle are tested during the fall of 1996, there may be
further changes to the ISIR. An updated draft will be distributed to
those attending the Title IV WAN Conferences in Lake Tahoe,
Nevada (November 12 to 14) and Atlanta (December 8 to 10). A
final version will be distributed as part of the EDE Technical
Reference in January, 1997 after the 1997-98 CPS system has been
fully tested and placed into production.
An electronic copy of the draft ISIR layout, enclosed with this letter,
is available for downloading from OPEnet and the ED/BBS in
WordPerfect 6.1 format.
If you have questions, please call CPS Customer Service
Elizabeth M. Hicks
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Student Financial Assistance Programs
Enclosure 1: Summary of Changes to the Institutional Student
Information Record (ISIR) for 1997-98
Enclosure 2: Full ISIR Record Description
**[The enclosures, samples of Summary of Changes to the ISIR
for 1997-98 and Full ISIR Record Description are currently
unavailable for viewing on the BBS. Please reference your
paper letter for additional information, or follow the instructions,
below, for downloading the WordPerfect for Windows version of