Summary: 1996-97 FAFSA Processing - Announcement #9
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA
Announcement #9 -- March 13, 1996
1996-97 FAFSA Processing Status Report
In keeping with our commitment to keep you informed about the status of application processing
for the 1996-97 award year, we are providing this daily announcement. This announcement is
number nine in the series.
A. To date, approximately 750,000 applications have been processed by the Central Processing
System (CPS) and over 2,000,000 Insitutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) have been
B. Reject 16 and FAFSA Express
Following is additional information about CPS reject 16.
As indicated in announcement 7, FAFSA Express filers who do not have a signature page
processed within 21 days after transmitting a FAFSA Express application to the CPS will receive
a reject 16 on their Student Aid Report (SAR) or Institutional Student Information Record
(ISIR). In addition, FAFSA Express filers who indicate that they cannot or will not be printing a
signature page will have a flag sent to the Central Processing System (CPS) with their
application indicating this. Such records will not be held for processing by the CPS for the 21
days, but instead will be processed immediately and will automatically receive a reject 16. Some
students have already received SARs and ISIRs as a result of this situation.
Those 1996-97 FAFSA Express filers who have indicated that they would be sending in their
signature pages are having their application records held by the CPS (for longer than the 21 days)
until the startup of history correction processing. As indicated in this morning's announcement
from Deputy Assistant Secretary Hicks' letter, history correction startup is scheduled to begin on
March 15 and all these students' records (approximately 2,000 to date) are scheduled to be
processed immediately after startup.
C. NSLDS and duplicate loan records
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Division has identified a problem in the
NSLDS with duplicate loan records. In an attempt to fix a problem with the Loan Date field on
several NSLDS records, the Direct Loan servicer inadvertently sent a batch of Direct Loan
records containing modified loan dates to the NSLDS. Due to the way that NSLDS is
configured, these modified records have the appearance of being new loans. This has resulted in
students receiving SARs that contain erroneously inflated aggregate loan amounts.
NSLDS and the Direct Loan servicer are working together to identify and eliminate these
duplicate loan records. Although it has not yet been determined how many student records there
are that contain these duplicate loan entries, it appears that only records of some (not all) Direct
Loan borrowers are affected.
D. NSLDS and FATs
Beginning with the 1996-97 award year, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) may
be used by postsecondary educational institutions to meet the regulatory requirements for
obtaining a financial aid transcript (FAT) information for most Title IV student aid applicants. An
exception to this allowance of the use of NSLDS for FAT purposes applies to midyear transfer
Institutions may determine eligibility by using NSLDS information presented on a Student Aid
Report (SAR) or contained in the NSLDS History section of the Institutional Student
Information Report ISIR. Institutions may also obtain FAT information directly from the
NSLDS. We will distribute a Dear Colleague Letter soon that will provide details on the use of
the NSLDS for FAT purposes. We remind schools that they are still required to respond to
requests for FAT information from other institutions.
E. 1996-97 EDE Technical Reference
The 1996-97 EDE Technical Reference is now available for downloading from the SFA BBS.
The files, which are in WordPerfect 5.1 format, can be found under the SFA Publications menu
pick from the main menu screen. The ISIR Record Layout specifications are contained in the file
'marsec4.96.' If you are not currently a member of the SFA BBS and want to obtain information
about how to sign up, please contact Customer Support at 1-800-433-7327.