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1998-99 FASFA Printing Update

PublicationDate: 10/23/97
Summary: 1998-99 FASFA Printing Update
Author: PTAS - Policy / Training / And Analysis Service

October 23, 1997

1998-99 FAFSA Printing Update

The following information is provided as an update to the printing of
the 1998-99 FAFSAs.

On the first shipments of FAFSAs that ED received and distributed,
the gray- shaded areas were slightly darker than we requested. This
difference is insignificant to the eye and presents no difficulty to the
user. Institutions can distribute these forms with the assurance that
they will present no processing problem for students, and no delay
for students.

The shading does affect the amount of memory utilized within our
system when the forms are imaged, and ED has worked with the
Government Printing Office and its printing contractor to lighten the
gray-shaded areas on the FAFSAs we are currently printing so as to
better accommodate our imaging equipment.

As has been the process for the past two years, data from some forms
are captured by manual key entry, while others are captured
automatically by using such technology as Intelligent Character
Recognition or Optical Mark Readers. Regardless of which forms
are distributed and used, all FAFSAs--those with lighter gray-shaded
areas and those with darker gray-shaded areas--will be processed
meeting ED's processing schedules.

By the end of the current (1997-98) award year, we will have
distributed nearly 35 million 1997-98 FAFSAs. The Central
Processor will have processed approximately 10 million initial
transactions. BUT--only fifty percent, or approximately five million,
of these initial transactions will be the result of a student filing a
paper FAFSA. The rest will be the result of the Renewal Application
(paper and electronic), as well as FAFSA Express, EDExpress, and
FAFSA on the Web.

As usual, we ask your help in reducing the use of the paper FAFSA
by encouraging students to use the Renewal Application and the
various means of electronic application that are available. Students
can apply on-line using FAFSA on the Web ( or
by downloading and using the FAFSA Express software

William. J. Ryan
Director, Training and
Program Information Division

Last Modified: 08/16/1999