Summary: 2000-2001 FAFSA on the Web and FAFSA Express go live!
Author: PSS - Program Systems Service
Posted on January 5, 2000
TO: All Destination Points
FROM: U.S. Department of Education
RE: 2000-2001 FAFSA on the Web and FAFSA Express go live!
The U. S. Department of Education is pleased to announce that the 2000-2001 FAFSA on the Web site (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and FAFSA Express software are available as of January 3, 2000. In its fourth year in production, FAFSA on the Web offers several new features for the 2000-2001 cycle. In addition to the Interview version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Renewal FAFSA, which have been available during the last two processing cycles, FAFSA on the Web now features a Form version, which replicates the paper FAFSA. The Form version is intended for financial aid applicants who are familiar with the FAFSA and want to use this Internet version to enter their application information quickly.
In addition, the FAFSA on the Web site has an expanded Application Status Checking feature, which will provide any student (regardless of how they filed) with the ability to check on the status of their submitted 2000-2001 FAFSA. Students with PINs can obtain their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) online for any processed transactions, or request a Duplicate Student Aid Report (SAR) be sent to them.
New for the 2000-2001 cycle is the ability for students, and their parents if they have PINs, to electronically sign their electronic FAFSAs. This function is available for original FAFSAs on the Web and FAFSA Express applications as well as Renewal FAFSAs and FAFSA Corrections filed through the web.
As you may recall from Action Letter 6 (GEN 99-40), this cycle we will send a PIN mailer to all 2000-2001 financial aid applicants who successfully passed the SSN match with SSA (in other words, those applicants with an SSA Match Flag = 4, meaning first and last name, SSN, and date of birth all match SSA's records); provided a complete mailing address; and signed their FAFSA. By providing all students with a PIN, we hope to facilitate the use of these new online functions, as well as new functions that we will be putting in place later this cycle. A new PIN Registration function, which will allow anyone wanting a PIN to apply for one, is scheduled to be put into production this Spring.