Summary: FASFA Express Version 2.1
Author: CPS - Central Processing System (CPS)
TO: All EDE Destination Points
FROM: CPS/FAFSA Express Customer Service
RE: FAFSA Express Version 2.1
Version 2.1 of 1996-97 FAFSA Express is incorrectly using the date of
May 1, 1997 instead of June 30, 1997, to determine the final deadline for submission
of 1996-97 FAFSA data to the Central Processing System.
Users accessing FAFSA Express will receive an error message indicating this
incorrect deadline and referring the user to their Financial Aid Administrator. The
software will automatically close down after users click OK on this message.
The Department of Education intends to place a corrected version of FAFSA Express
on the ED web page at HTTP://WWW.ED.GOV/OFFICES/OPE/EXPRESS.HTML on
Wednesday, May 14th.
In the meantime, users can avoid this error by temporarily resetting their PC's system
date to May 1, 1997 or earlier. To change their system date, users should:
1) Go to a DOS prompt and type DATE, then press ENTER
2) Type in a date equal to or earlier than May 1, 1997. Users must type the date in
MM-DD-CCYY format. For example, May 1, 1997 would be entered as 05-01-1997.
After entering this, press ENTER.
3) Exit the DOS prompt
After following these steps, users can access and setup FAFSA Express, and use the
software to enter and transmit their FAFSA application data. After using the software,
users should follow the same steps above to reset their system date to the current date.
The Department of Education will process all 1996-97 FAFSA Express records that
are successfully transmitted via Title IV WAN prior to July 1, 1997. After this date,
the records will be rejected.
We apologize for the inconvenience this issue may have caused. If you have any
questions, please contact FAFSA Express Customer Service at 1-800-801-0576.