Publication Date: May 10, 2001
Author: COO | Chief Operating Officer of the Student Financial Assistance
Summary: SFA Community Newsletter 04/30/01
Posted on May 10, 2001
SFA Community Announcements
Student Financial Assistance, U.S. Department of Education
7th & D Streets, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202
(202) 260-6536, (202) 708-7970 Fax
Volume 1, No. 6
April 30, 2001
Pell Grant Videoconference - May 10
SFA University is hosting a videoconference that will highlight key features of the 2001-2002 Pell System on May 10, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The topics currently scheduled for broadcast include information about changes to the 2000-2001 Pell Grant program, ED Express Pell Module and the RFMS system.
To register for the videoconference, go to http://www.edvideo.walcoff.com.
To learn more about it, go to http://www.ifap.ed.gov/IFAPWebApp/index.jsp.
For More Information contact Candace Wordsworth, SFA University, (202) 708-7355, or send email to Candace.Wordsworth@ed.gov.
Read All About It - New IFAP Postings
On April 26, Dear Partner letters were posted to the IFAP Web site under electronic announcements at http://www.ifap.ed.gov. A summary of each letter with links to the Web site follow:
- 2001-2002 SFA Handbook - Get PDF files for certain volumes at the following URL: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/ifap/preview/index.html.
- Draft copy of "Cohort Default Rate Guide" - For community review, get the guide at http://ifap.ed.gov/IFAPWebApp/currentDraftPag.jsp.
For more information contact the SFA Customer Service Call Center at 1-800-433-7327.
Form 2000- A Winner
SFA's Form 2000 project has been named an E-Gov 2001 Pioneer Award Winner. That's two years in a row for SFA since FAFSA on the Web won this same award last year and both e-business initiatives are a part of SFA's modernization program. The Pioneer Award is given to those federal electronic initiatives that promote e-government "best practices."
The Form 2000 project eliminated three huge paper forms financial partners had to file with SFA and replaced them with one electronic form. The Pioneer is the highest award presented by E-Gov. Form 2000 was a joint effort of the SFA's Financial Partners Channel, CFO, and the financial community.
A Successful Schools Portal …… You're Using It
For the week of April 21, SFA's Schools Portal hosted 1,744 unique visitors and received 82,796 hits on its homepage.
The Schools Portal, launched March 7, is designed to deliver in one Web site the host of disparate electronic resources financial aid officers need to help students.
For More Information contact Lois C. Curtis, Customer Service Call Center, (202) 205-3428, or send email to Lois.Curtis@ed.gov.
Got a CPS or WAN Question? One Call Does It All
Starting this month, FAAs can call 1-800-330-5947, a single number, to get their CPS and WAN questions answered. New Hours. CPS/WAN Technical Support will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday. Free. Schools will no longer be charged for placing calls to the CPS/WAN Technical Support number. FAAs will save their school about $100 a year.
For More Information send email to CPSWAN@ncs.com.
REMINDER: Email addresses for Education employees now use a period instead of an underscore between the first and last name. For example, instead of firstname.lastname@example.org, the new address is email@example.com. Emails sent to the old address will continue to be delivered until next year.
SFA is the office of the U.S. Department of Education that helps put about 8.7 million Americans through school each year, administering Title IV student loans and grants totaling about $54 billion a year. As a Performance-Based Organization, SFA strives to improve customer satisfaction while cutting the costs of administering student aid programs. For additional information on student aid, call 1-800-4-FED-AID, visit our Web Site at http://ed.gov/offices/OSFAP, or go to http://fafsa.ed.gov.