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1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #12

PublicationDate: 3/18/96
Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #12
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA


Announcement # 12 -- March 18, 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 twelve in the
series.

A. 1996-97 Technical Reference, et. al.

National Computer Systems (NCS) began a mass distribution today,
Monday, March 18, of the following items:

1. 1995-96 EDExpress User Guide Update
2. 1995-96 PELL Payment software ver. 4.2.0
3. 1996-97 Title IV WAN User Guide update
4. 1996-97 IAM software ver. 1.1.0
5. 1996-97 DOS version 4.2.0 of EDExpress
6. 1996-97 Windows Version 2.1.0 of EDExpress
7. 1996-97 EDExpress User Guide update
8. 1996-97 EDExpress Windows ver. 2.1.0 - Installation
Instructions
9. 1996-97 EDE Technical Reference

This mailing will be in two segments. Number 1 will be to all Direct
Loan Destination points (estimated 875) and will be completed on
Monday and Tuesday Mar 18 - 19. The second will be to the
remaining destinations (estimated 2900) and will begin when the first
one is done. NCS has estimated this portion to be done by Tuesday,
March 26.

B. Citizenship and INS Matches

The Department had identified that there is a need for additional clarity
regarding the Social Security Administration (SSA) citizenship match
and the Immigration and Naturalization Service match. The Central
Processing System (CPS) sends every application record to the SSA
to verify students' social security numbers as well as their citizenship
status. The purpose of instituting the citizenship match with SSA is to
identify students who erroneously or purposely indicate that they are
citizens when they are not.

Students indicating they are eligible non-citizens and who
provide their alien registration numbers also have their application
records sent to the INS to determine whether their alien status allows
them to be eligible for Title IV aid. The records of those students who
receive match results from INS are not edited for their SSA citizenship
status because the INS match takes precedence for those students.
Thus, those students whose eligibility status is reported by the INS will
not have a comment or SAR C flag when SSA reports that they do not
have citizenship.

We hope this information is useful to you. Thank you for continued
support and understanding.

Last Modified: 08/16/1999