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1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #24

PublicationDate: 4/2/96
Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #24
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA

Announcement # 24-- April 2, 1996

This is announcement number 24 in our series of daily FAFSA
updates for financial aid administrators. For information on
individual applications, parents and students should contact

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

A. Status of Applications as of April 1, 1996

No./Percent. Expected
FAFSA No. of Paper of Paper Apps. Date to
Receipt Date Apps. Rec'd. Processed Complete
Jan 1 - Jan 31 438,509 438,509 (100%) Completed
Feb 1 - Feb 15 697,480 679,076 (97%) Apr 5
Feb 16 - Feb 29 882,977 686,603 (78%) Apr 5
SUBTOTAL: 2,018,966 1,804,188 (89%)

Mar 1 - Mar 15 976,122 369,440 (38%) Apr 15
Mar 16 - Mar 31 577,531 44,306 (8%) Apr 15
TOTAL 3,572,619 2,217,934 (62%)

Note: Expected Date to Complete reflects the date that the
Department expects all paper applications with these receipt dates
to have been entered and processed by the Central Processing

B. Changing number of application receipts

The Department would like to respond to the question about
why there are changes in the data we share with you in those
columns that show applications receipts. Our MDEs follow very
specific procedures for dealing with the exceptionally high
volumes of daily mail they receive. Thus, when applications are
first received at the MDEs, the MDEs provide the Department with
an estimated number of receipts based on the number of envelopes
that fit into the standard sorting trays into which they are placed in
the document receipt facility. This is a standard procedure at high-
volume forms processors in the private and public sectors where
daily mail volumes can be in the tens or hundreds of thousands.
While these estimated counts are reasonably accurate, they
obviously are not as precise as the counts we receive at the stage
when we actually process the applications. However, we share
these estimates with you since they are the best initial indicator we
have of receipts until applications are actually processed. We will
continue to share with you both estimated and actual counts so that
you will have the most accurate data we have.

C. Archiving SFA BBS announcements

On Friday, April 5, the Department will delete the first ten SFA
BBS announcements from the SFA BBS. If you have a need to
keep copies of these announcements, please print out those you
wish to keep or save copies of them to your own computer or
floppy disk.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Last Modified: 08/16/1999