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Availability of FISAP for Windows 2002-2003, Version 4.1

Publication Date: August 10, 2001

Author: CPS | Central Processing System

Summary: Availability of FISAP for Windows 2002-2003, Version 4.1

Posted on August 10, 2001

TO: All Destination Points
FROM: U.S. Department of Education
RE: Availability of FISAP for Windows 2002-2003, Version 4.1
DATE: August 10, 2001

The US Department of Education wishes to alert all 2002-2003 FISAP users to the availability of FISAP for Windows 2002-2003, Version 4.1.

Version 4.1 is available on the Department's SFAdownload Web site (located at The FISAP 2002-2003 Installation Guide and the Version 4.1 Cover Letter are also available on the SFAdownload Web site. Both documents contain important information you should review after downloading the software.

Version 4.1 is available on the SFAdownload Web site in two formats. You can download the entire software in one file, called Fisap41.exe, or you can download the software in six separate installments, which can be copied to a network drive or diskettes. Please review the download and installation instructions in the Installation Guide for further information.

You are required to have Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows Me as your PC workstation operating system in order to run FISAP Version 4.1. Other system and network requirements are outlined in the Installation Guide.

Version 4.1 can be installed as an upgrade to Version 4.0. You must have Version 4.0 installed in order to run an upgrade (or "Custom") installation of Version 4.1.

NOTE: If you have not installed Versions 4.0 on your system, you can proceed directly to a Full standalone or Full network server/workstation installation of Version 4.1. You do not need to have Version 4.0 installed to perform a Full installation of Version 4.1. Please be aware that a Full standalone or network server installation will load a completely new, blank 2002-2003 FISAP database to your system!

If you are running an upgrade installation of Version 4.1, it is crucial that you ensure you have a valid, reliable back-up of your current production 2002-2003 FISAP database (fisap2.mdb). You should also run a database repair and database compact (in that order) via the Tools | Utilities menu before installing Version 4.1.

To upgrade from Version 4.0 to Version 4.1, select the Custom install option during your standalone or workstation installation. Do NOT mark the "Database" checkbox unless you are performing a first-time installation or want to overwrite your Version 4.0 database. Remember, if you choose to overwrite your database, all data previously entered is lost.

If you receive any prompts during the installation indicating an existing file was found and asking if you want to overwrite, click "Yes."

After you upgrade from Version 4.0 to Version 4.1, reboot your PC. If you are running FISAP in a network environment, reboot each PC as you finish each install.

The following configuration management issues are being resolved by Version 4.1:

1) Version 4.0 does not allow you to export a FISAP record if you enter data in Part VI, Section A, Line 18c AND this number is greater than the total in Part VI, Section A, Line 16a. The export process fails with the error message "Part VI, Section A, Undergraduate Independent Grid - The data in lines 17 and/or 18 must not exceed the data in line 16." In actuality, this edit should only occur if 18c is greater than 16c (NOT 16a).

2) The export process also fails with the error message mentioned above if you add multiple FISAP records in Version 4.0 using the External Add process. However, if Line 17 and/or 18 do not exceed the data in Line 16, when reviewing Part VI, Section A, you should not receive this error message.

If you need assistance connecting to the SFAdownload site, downloading FISAP in single or multiple file format, or with the installation or use of FISAP, please contact CPS/WAN Technical Support at 800/330-5947 or via e-mail at CPSWAN@NCS.COM.

If you have technical questions about our SFA systems and software, you may want to subscribe to our e-mail listserv, SFATECH. For more information about SFATECH, including how to subscribe, visit the SFA Technical Support Web site at

Last Modified: 08/09/2001