Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #20
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA
Announcement # 20-- March 28, 1996 **REVISED**
This is announcement number 20 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 27, 1996.
FAFSA No. of Paper of Paper Apps. Date to
Receipt Date Apps. Rec'd. Processed Complete
Jan 1 - Jan 31 437,675 429,189 (98%) Mar 31*
Feb 1 - Feb 15 697,710 634,917 (91%) Mar 31*
Feb 16 - Feb 29 881,648 545,639 (62%) Mar 31*
SUBTOTAL: 2,017,033 1,609,745 (80%)
Mar 1 - Mar 15 970,236 129,972 (14%) Apr 15*
Mar 16 - Mar 31 486,612 17,602 (4%)
TOTAL 3,473,881 1,757,319 (51%)
* These reflect the date that the Department expects all paper
applications with these receipt dates to have been entered and
processed by the Central Processing System.
B. FAFSAS HAVE NOT BEEN LOST.
The Department has noticed several list postings concerning Free
Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs) that were mailed
from the east coast during the months of January and/or February
and concerns that they may have been lost. The Department is
aware that rumors and concerns on this topic are circulating in the
financial aid community and among applicants. We hope that
posting these regular announcements help to combat the rumors
and provide you with as much information and as many facts as
The most recent concern appears to be coming from students and
parents who may be receiving guidance from the Federal Student
Aid Information Center (319-337-5665) to refile their applications.
Reports from the operators at the FSAIC indicate that students and
parents are very anxious to refile their FAFSAs since they have not
yet received their processed Student Aid Reports (SARs). Many
students and parents have asked if it is possible that their FAFSAs
have been lost and have asked if they should/may refile. The
Department has recently agreed that, in the case of applicants who
filed with ACT in January, operators may provide guidance to
refile to students and parents who indicated they mailed their
FAFSAs in January.
As you know from several of the announcements we have released
so far, the Department has not been advising that just any student
refile because of the possible implications of this action. However,
we understand the concern of these parents and students and
therefore want to be as sensitive to their apprehension as possible.
Since approximately 98 percent of these FAFSAs have been keyed
and processed, the Department feels that these applicants may
escape the implications of filing a duplicate FAFSA (see
Announcement 18) since their paper FAFSA is already in the
system and would most likely be processed before another
application would enter the system. Furthermore, while the
Department can monitor those applications that have been received
by our Multiple Data Entry contractors, the Department cannot
guarantee that a students FAFSA was not lost in the mail. This is
why in Announcement 18 the Department indicated that
institutions may want to advise students applied in January to
refile their applications at this time if they have not received an
ISIR or a SAR.
The Department understands your concerns and extends an
invitation to you to express them by e-mailing Customer Support
at "email@example.com" (without the quotes) or calling Customer
Support at 1-800-433-7327.
Thank you for your understanding and patience. We hope this
information is helpful to you.