Summary: 1997-98 FAFSA Printing Update
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA
September 3, 1996
1997-98 FAFSA Printing Update
This is the first in a series of periodic announcements on our progress in printing and
distributing the 1997-98 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As we reach
milestones, or as new information becomes available, we will pass it along to you..
The 1997-98 FAFSA received final clearance from the Office of Management and Budget
on August 19. Also on August 19, staff from our Training and Program Information
Division brought the camera copy for the 1997-98 FAFSA to the Government Printing
Office. This is the first step of the printing process.
Exact dates for delivery are not yet available, but we believe our estimates below are
reasonably accurate. (Note: the color for the 1997-98 FAFSA is green. Also, the FAFSA
will have a return postcard. If a student wishes, he or she can enclose the postcard with
the completed FAFSA, and the processor will date-stamp it and return it to the student.
The student will know that the application was received, and the date it was received.)
Tentative estimates for FAFSA delivery to the Department of Education are: ten million
forms by October 15, and another ten million by October 29. This means that the first
truckloads of printed forms will begin arriving at our warehouse around October 7th or
8th, and we will immediately begin mailing them out. This year, our first mailings will be
to high schools. When all high school shipments are completed (we estimate that this
will take approximately two to three days) we will begin shipping to postsecondary
schools that have submitted orders to us using our new paperless application ordering
As we ship, we will alternate between orders for schools east of the Mississippi and
those west of the Mississippi.
We expect to complete the process of mailing our expected initial distribution of 20
million FAFSAs to high schools, postsecondary schools, and libraries (in that
order) by November 15. The FAFSAs will be shipped by fourth class mail, and
our experience is that while most boxes take from one to four weeks to arrive, a few arrive
more quickly, and some take longer.
In early September, we will mail Dear Colleague letters spelling out the specifics of our
new, paperless application ordering process, which offers speed, convenience, and
expanded services to all our customers.
We are committed to delivering the 1997-98 FAFSA to our customers as soon as
possible, and to fully informing you of our progress toward that goal.
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Student Financial Assistance Programs