Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #11
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA
Announcement # 11 -- March 15, 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 eleven in the series.
A. To date, the Central Processing System (CPS) has processed 855,000
B. Students mailing 1995-96 FAFSAs/SARs to I-NET
The Department has identified that students have incorrectly sent several
1995-96 FAFSAs and SARs for correction to I-NET, one of the
Department's 1996-97 MDE contractors.
As a result, these FAFSAs and SARs may be slightly delayed while they are
identified upon receipt by the contractor and forwarded to the appropriate
MDE for processing. Institutions may wish to impress upon their
students the importance of sending their FAFSAs and SARs to the
appropriate addresses for processing. These addresses can be found in
Appendix D of GEN-95-10 (Action Letter #9: Transmitting a Guide to
1995-96 SARs and ISIRs) that was distributed in February 1995.
C. Student Status Confirmation Reports (SSCRs)
The Department distributed two Dear President letters (GEN-96-5 and
GEN-96-7) in February and March which discuss the new electronic SSCR
process that most schools will be required to implement in April 1996.
GEN-96-5 distributes the SSCR User Guide in preparation for this new
all-electronic process and GEN-96-7 provides institutions with the current
schedule for the new SSCR process.
FFEL institutions who plan to use EDExpress for SSCR processing should
note the following:
FFEL institutions that do not participate in the Direct Loan program, but
intend to use EDExpress for processing SSCR data, must first define a Direct
Loan institution code before processing SSCRs. To do this, the following
SSCR setup steps should be taken.
1. Select Tools/Setup/Global/Institution.
2. Click the Add button.
3. Type a code beginning with G or E, followed by five numbers, in the
Institution Code field. For example, G99999 or E88888. You cannot use a
code that already exists in the Institution database.
4. Type your institution's name, address, city, state, and Zip code.
5. Click the check box next to Direct Loan Participant.
6. Click the Save button to save this code as your pseudo-Direct Loan
institution code. If the code you entered is already in the Institution database,
EDExpress alerts you that the code is a duplicate and returns you to the
Institution Code field so you can type a different code.
Also, be sure to complete the other setup steps for the SSCR feature as
described in the topic SSCR under Setup/Direct Loan in the EDExpress for
Windows online help.
We hope this information is useful to you. Thank you for continuing support