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1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #29

PublicationDate: 4/10/96
Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #29
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA


Announcement # 29-- April 10, 1996

This is announcement number 29 in our series of daily FAFSA
updates 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 April 9, 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 15 698,030 698,030 (100%) Completed
Feb 16 - Feb 29 880,976 859,755 (98%) April 15
SUBTOTAL: 2,017,113 1,996,294 (99%) April 15

Mar 1 - Mar 15 977,827 722,088 (73%) Apr 15
Mar 16 - Mar 31 598,888 203,676 (34%) Apr 15
TOTAL 3,594,535 2,922,058 (81%) Apr 15

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
System.

B. Reprocessed Records

As reported in yesterday's announcement, the CPS reprocessed
approximately 5,000 student records after a change was made to
EFC formulas 2 and 5. Institutions should note that these
reprocessed records will have new transaction numbers.
Institutions should further be able to identify these records as they
will contain comment 172, which only appears on reprocessed
records.

The Department has also been asked to clarify why the text of
comment 172 that was reported in yesterday's announcement was
different from the text that appears in the EDE Technical
Reference. This comment text was changed in response to
requests from institutions. The original text instructed students to
"Submit this corrected SAR/ISIR as soon as possible to your
Financial Aid Administrator (FAA) at the school you are attending
or plan to attend." With many more schools becoming electronic,
the Department was asked to modify the text so as to instruct
students to "see if you need to submit a photocopy of this SAR to
any of your schools."

C. SSCR User's Guide

The Department is pleased to announce that the SSCR User's
Guide is now available for downloading from the SFA BBS.
Please note that this document is not available for downloading
from the Title IV WAN.

D. Citizenship Documentation

The Department has received several inquiries asking what is
considered acceptable documentation from a student to prove
citizenship. Institutions can consider any documents the student
presents as evidence of U.S. citizenship. The Department is not
regulating which documents are acceptable. It was suggested in
the September 21, 1995 Notice of Proposed Rule Making that a
student could show a birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or
passport to support a claim of citizenship.

In cases where students indicate they are citizens and the Social
Security Administration citizenship match indicates they are
eligible non-citizens, if the student is in fact an eligible non-
citizen, the student should make a correction to the SAR/ISIR and
provide an alien registration number so the Department can
conduct a match with Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Note that if the INS match subsequently indicates the student is an
eligible non-citizen, no further resolution of this situation is
required.

Thank you for your continued support.

Last Modified: 08/16/1999