Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA
Announcement #61, June 7, 1996
Re: Follow-up to May 23 Announcement # 55 Processed Corrections &
Prior to 5/17/96, certain correction and subsequent application records were
stored improperly on the CPS database, resulting in the missing data fields
some of you reported to the CPS and the Department of Education.
Applications or renewal applications which are first (01) transactions were not
affected. Any corrections or subsequent applications submitted for processing
on or after 5/20/96 will not be affected if it was applied against a non-affected
Prior to 5/17/96, when corrections or subsequent applications were processed,
the ISIRs were correct. However, some of these resulting transactions were not
stored to the CPS database properly. When another correction was processed
against the improperly stored record, the resulting transaction was incorrect.
The CPS has corrected the missing fields on the majority of records affected. It
was not necessary for either ISIRs or SARs to be sent out for this first group
fixed; only the CPS database was updated. For a second group of transactions
(48,341), the CPS will be reprocessing the 02 transactions beginning Monday,
June 10, 1996. ISIRs will be sent out for this second group of records and should
be available to institutions by Wednesday, June 12. Because only 48,341
records were affected in this second group, your destination point may or may
not receive any records resulting from this reprocessing. To determine if a record
is the result of reprocessing, look for a System Generated Indicator (ISIR position
896) equal to "Z". These records will be sent in a SARA97 message class.
SARs will also be mailed to the 48,341 affected students.
Transactions higher than 02 will not be reprocessed because they contain the
improperly stored data and we are unable to determine which data was to be
corrected and which was improperly stored. This third group affects about 6,500
transactions. The CPS will system-generate a duplicate SAR and mail it to each
student in this third group with a letter explaining the problem and telling them
how to make corrections if needed.
In addition, the CPS will create a roster and mail it to the institutions listed on
each applicant's record.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and