Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #10
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA
Announcement # 10 -- March 14, 1996
1996-97 FAFSA Processing Status Report
In keeping with our commitment to keep you informed about the
status of application processing for the 1996-97 award year, we are
providing this daily announcement. This announcement is number
ten in the series.
A. 1995-96 Processing
The Department has been informed that there is concern that the
current delays being experienced in the 1996-97 processing system
are also occuring for 1995-96 processing. The 1995-96 application
processing system is separate from the 1996-97 system. The current
delays are for 1996-97 only and we are processing on schedule for
While the Department's primary focus has recently been on the
delays occuring with the 1996-97 processing system, schools should
note there were some 1995-96 processing delays that occurred during
the previous furloughs in November and December/January. During
the previous furloughs, the CPS was shut down for several days and
was not computing applicant records. This was because the
Department was unable to perform the data matches with other
Federal agencies that were also shut down as a result of the furlough.
During the furlough in January, the Office of Management and
Budget enabled some of these agencies to begin performing data
matches with the Department again and subsequently the CPS was
able to resume normal processing.
When this processing resumed, some 1995-96 FAFSA Express
applications received a reject 16. As explained in Announcements 7
and 9, FAFSA Express applications (where the CPS expects a
signature page to be printed by the student at the time of
transmission) are held by the CPS for 21 days while the CPS awaits
the receipt of the signed signature page. Because of the CPS
shutdown during the furlough, there were some applications that
were held longer than the 21 days without having a signature page
processed and thus received a reject 16.
The Department does not expect there to be another furlough.
B. MacIntosh versions of EDExpress and FAFSA Express
The Department has received several requests for Mac versions of
EDExpress and FAFSA Express. While the Department would like
to support this platform, unfortunately there are not enough monetary
or human resources to support this effort at this time. The
Department will continue to pursue this as a possibility for the future.
C. Comment Text and Title IV Institution Codes
The Department has made files of the 1996-97 comment text and
Title IV Institution Codes available for downloading on the SFA
BBS. The 1996-97 SAR/ISIR Comment Text can be found under
SFA Publications and the Title IV Institution Codes can be found
under SFA Publications/Action Letters/1996-97 Award Year Action
Letters/Action Letter #3.
For more information about joining the SFA BBS, please contact
Customer Support at 800-433-7327.