Summary: 1996-97 FASFA Processing - Announcement #2
Author: CPS - Central Processing System (CPS)
Announcement #2 - March 4, 1996
1996-97 FEDERAL STUDENT AID APPLICATION PROCESSING
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 two in the series.
(1) As announced yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education will be
posting these announcements to the SFA Bulletin Board System (BBS). In
addition, to assure that as many members as possible in the financial aid
community receive this information we will also be forwarding the
announcements for posting to the Title IV WAN and finaid-L. If you know of
colleagues that do not have access to these electronic information centers,
please share these announcements with them. If you have a colleague that
would like to join the BBS, please recommend that they request a copy of the
BBS software from Customer Support (1-800-433-7327).
(2) The Department's goal is this: All FAFSAs received by March 1 will be
processed by March 31. By April 15, processing times will be within
specified contractual turnaround times.
(3) The Federal Student Aid Information Center has already extended its
hours of operation to the following times:
Toll - Application Toll-free
Status Checks and
(1-319-337-5665) (1-800-4FED AID)
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. EST 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Saturdays 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST
Students and parents may call either number for information about the status
of an application. As stated yesterday, the number of staff members available
at 1-319-337-5665 to respond to these inquiries has been tripled. The
Federal Student Aid Information Center will be able to provide callers
information about FAFSAs currently being processed and information about
processed SARs and ISIRs.
(4) So that you may better assist your students, remember that applications
that have an ACT return address (P.O. Box 4001, Mt. Vernon, IL
62864-8601) were distributed primarily to institutions located in the eastern
United States and in foreign countries (i.e., Alabama, American Samoa,
Canada, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Federated
States of Micronesia, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts,
Maryland, Maine, Marshall Island, Michigan, Northern Mariana Islands,
Mississippi, Mexico, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Republic of Palaua, Rhode Island, South
Carolina, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia).
Applications with an I-NET return address (P.O. Box 60001, Cahokia, IL
62206-6001) were distributed primarily to institutions in the western states
(i.e., Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois,
Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North
Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South
Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). However,
please remember that each processor will accept and process any FAFSA,
Renewal FAFSA, or SAR, so occasionally an application may not have been
processed where it would normally have been expected to be processed.
In general: FAFSAs received by ACT through February 5 have been
processed. We are still compiling information for I-NET processing.
(5) The Department believes that institutions and states that use an
application's processing date to prioritize students' eligibility for
aid may want to reconsider how to make these decisions this year. The
Department encourages institutions and agencies to adopt a "first come -
first served" method for determining students eligibility for aid either by
using the date the institution/agency receives the SAR or ISIR or by using
the date the application was received (i.e., application receipt date) by
the Multiple Data Entry agency. ACT applications that were received
between January 2 and January 5 will contain an application receipt date of
January 5. Applications received by ACT after that date are dated with
the actual date received. I-NET applications received from January 2
through 29 will contain an application receipt date of January 29. All
other applications will be dated with the actual receipt date.
Thank you for your continued patience as we work together to provide equal
access to education.