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1998-99 Processing Status Update # 10

PublicationDate: 3/19/98
Summary: 1998-99 Processing Status Update # 10
Author: ODAS - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - SFA

Posted March 19, 1998

TO: Financial Aid Administrators

FROM: Diane E. Rogers
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
Student Financial Assistance Programs

SUBJECT: 1998-99 Processing Status Update # 10

I am pleased to present you with my tenth message on the processing of the 1998-99
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). During the week of March 9-13, we
processed 379,705 applications for the 1998-99 cycle, bringing our year-to-date total to
1,921,590 applications.

Our contractors continue to process FAFSAs smoothly during the busiest weeks of the
year. As expected, the number of FAFSAs we received has peaked and our contractors
are now processing more FAFSAs than we are receiving. This past week, they
processed roughly 100,000 more. Although the peak application period has passed, our
contractors will continue to process forms at peak levels for two to three weeks,
processing more forms than they receive.

Our main Multiple Data Entry (MDE) contractor, ACT, has expanded its capacity
through additional, more experienced staff. Last week, our contractors processed about
17 percent more FAFSAs than the prior week.

Last week, I reported that there were roughly 375,000 applications which were more than
seven days old. This week, that number has been reduced to just under 300,000. All
forms have been processed regularly in the order in which they were received. As of
March 16th, our MDE contractors have completed processing all forms received before
February 27, 1998.

While it is true that our MDE contractors are not processing forms as quickly as we
would like, our daily process reports and projections for future processing lead us to
believe that there will be no undue delays or difficulties in calculating studentsÂ’
eligibility for financial aid. However, we would like to address any specific problems
which may exist. If your institution has experienced unique difficulties, please contact
the DepartmentÂ’s customer service hotline at (800) 330-5947 or via electronic mail at

As always, students who would like their FAFSAs to be processed more quickly may
apply electronically, including via FAFSA on the Web. Electronic FAFSAs are faster
and easier for students to file and for the Department to process.

The following statistics are through Friday, March 13:

FAFSA and Renewal Applications

YEAR TO DATE--GRAND TOTAL 2,868,864 1,921,590
I. Paper 2,732,690 1,785,416
II. Electronic 136,174 136,174

Last Modified: 08/16/1999