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1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #31

PublicationDate: 4/12/96
Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #31
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA

Announcement #31, April 12, 1996

1996-97 FAFSA Processing

Dear Colleague,

This letter is announcement number 31 in our continuing updates on
1996-97 processing. Since I wrote you two weeks ago, we have made
tremendous strides in processing applications. As of April 11, we
processed 3,177,834 original and renewal paper applications,
resulting in over 7.2 million Institutional Student Information
Records (ISIRs). We have completed 100 percent of January
applications, nearly 100 percent of February applications, 76
percent of March applications, and 7 percent of April applications.
We have also processed 86,783 electronic applications. We expect
that we will meet our goal of returning to normal processing cycle
next week as planned.

One minor technical problem emerged within the past twenty-four
hours. Yesterday we experienced problems in conducting the
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) data base match. As a
result there was no compute Thursday. We expect the fourth compute
for this week to be done today(Friday). The five computes next
week will contain any applications we were unable to compute this
week because of this difficulty.

Processing of history corrections began March 15. To date we have
received 381,283 corrections and processed 121,101, or 32%. We are
already gearing up for a peak in the submission of corrections over
the next month. In recent years approximately 40 percent of
applicants submit follow-up corrections. Based on application
receipts of almost 4 million to date, we are preparing to process
1.6 million corrections by converting most of our supplemental
processing capacity to corrections. We will be able to process
original and renewal paper applications within normal processing
time while keeping up with corrections because of the additional
processing sites we have added over the past eight weeks.

Next week we will revise our daily reporting of applications.
Since we will be able to process original and renewal applications
within normal processing time, we will track these applications as
a cumulative number -- that is, total number of applications
received and total and percent of applications processed. We will
begin tracking corrections by date of receipt as we have done with
the paper applications.

We will also continue to work with you on any issues of concern.
Please make sure that you report possible problems directly to our
Customer Support team for the most responsive reply from us. Our
team is available 9-5:30 EST Monday through Friday at (800) 433-7327.

While we are proud of our accomplishments to date, we are very
aware that these 1996-97 processing delays have caused considerable
distress for our customers. Please be assured that until every
submitted application and correction is processed we will not
consider our job done. We are very grateful to you for your
patience and support and especially for your willingness to develop
school-based strategies to ensure that no student is unduly harmed
by these processing delays. Please let us know if there are other
ways in which we can assist you in the weeks to come.

Respectfully submitted,

Betsy Hicks

Last Modified: 08/16/1999