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1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #17

PublicationDate: 3/25/96
Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #17
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA


Announcement # 17 -- March 25, 1996

This is announcement number 17 in a series for financial aid
administrators. For information on individual applications, parents
and students should contact 319-337-5665.


1996-97 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Processing Status Report

A. Status of Applications as of March 25, 1996.

TOTAL PAPER APPLICATIONS
Total Number of Paper Applications Received 3,303,379
Total Number of Paper Applications Completed 1,421,737
Percentage of Paper Applications Completed 43%
Expected Completion Date for All Paper
Applications Received through March 31 April 15

PAPER APPLICATIONS RECEIVED JAN. 1 - JAN. 31
Number of Paper Applications Received 437,727
Number of Paper Applications
Completed As of 3/25/96 417,719
Percentage of Paper Applications Completed 96%
Expected Completion Date for All Paper
Applications with these Receipt Dates March 25

PAPER APPLICATIONS RECEIVED FEB. 1 - FEB. 15
Number of Paper Applications Received 697,961
Number of Paper Applications
Completed As of 3/25/96 585,242
Percentage of Paper Applications Completed 84%
Expected Completion Date for All Paper
Applications with these Receipt Dates no later than March 31

PAPER APPLICATIONS RECEIVED FEB. 16 - FEB. 29
Number of Paper Applications Received 870,131
Number of Paper Applications
Completed As of 3/25/96 288,102
Percentage of Paper Applications Completed 33%
Expected Completion Date for All Paper
Applications with these Receipt Dates no later than March 31

PAPER APPLICATIONS RECEIVED MAR. 1 - MAR. 15
Number of Paper Applications Received 1,017,180
Number of Paper Applications
Completed As of 3/25/96 103,253
Percentage of Paper Applications Completed 13%
Expected Completion Date for All Paper
Applications with these Receipt Dates no later than April 15

PAPER APPLICATIONS RECEIVED MAR. 16 - MAR. 31
Number of Paper Applications Received 280,380
Number of Paper Applications
Completed As of 3/25/96 421
Percentage of Paper Applications Completed .2%


B. Social Security Administration (SSA) Citizenship Status
Match Code "N"

The Department has received a few requests to provide
information regarding SSA's citizenship status match code of "N."
The SSA returns a match code "N" to the Central Processing
System when SSA is unable to verify a student's citizenship
because it can't verify the reported Social Security Number (SSN)
(i.e., can't match the SSN with the applicant's reported name or
date of birth). This occurs in conjunction with SSN match flags 2
and 3, which result when SSA is able to verify the existence of the
reported SSN but can not confirm that the number belongs to the
applicant because the reported name and/or date of birth do not
match SSA's records.

When applicants receive either a SSN match flag 2 or 3, they will
receive the appropriate comment regarding the SSA's inability to
confirm the validity of their SSN. In addition, these applicants
will receive comment 62 right after the appropriate comment
which says:

"In addition, the Social Security Administration could not confirm
your claim of U.S. citizenship because of their question about your
social security number, name, or date of birth."

Please note that there are other circumstances in which a student's
citizenship status will not be confirmed by the Social Security
Administration. For example, citizenship status cannot be
confirmed by SSA when there is no match on the SSN provided by
the student (SSN match flag 1, Reject S), when SSA does not
conduct a match or the match fails (SSN match flags 0 or 9), or
when the student does not provide a last name and SSA is
therefore unable to perform a match for that applicant (SSN match
flag 8).

Any of the above circumstances requires that students prove
citizenship as well as providing evidence that the Social Security
Number they reported actually belongs to them.

Thank you for your continued patience and suggestions.

Last Modified: 08/16/1999