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Summary: Ordering Bulk Quantities of 2002-2003 Application Materials

Publication Date: November 21, 2001

Author: General Manager: SFA Student Channel

Summary: Ordering Bulk Quantities of 2002-2003 Application Materials

Posted on November 21, 2001

SUBJECT: Ordering Bulk Quantities of 2002-2003 Application Materials

Dear Partner:

It's a new age-the electronic age-and today's students are more tech savvy than ever before. Fortunately, their understanding of electronic business allows us, you and Student Financial Assistance, as working partners, to serve them better than ever. But we need your help encouraging students to "Go Online with the U.S. Department of Education." Here's a list of web sites particularly useful to students:

But we need your help encouraging students to "Go Online with the US Department of Education." Here's a list of web sites particularly useful to students:

www.fafsa.ed.gov, for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online, also known as FAFSA on the Web. It's a fast, free, secure, and easy way for students to apply. Students who apply online will get their application results 7 to 14 days faster than if they mail a paper FAFSA. Students can also print a paper copy of the FAFSA to use as a worksheet.

www.ed.gov/studentaid, which contains The Student Guide, Funding Your Education, and links to other resources.

www.pin.ed.gov, where students and parents can request a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN can be used as an electronic signature for FAFSA on the Web, Renewal FAFSA, and Corrections on the Web, and can also be used to access the National Student Loan Data System.

www.students.gov, SFA's award-winning web site, which connects students with federal government services and information, including information on careers, planning an education, and paying for college.

We expect to begin distributing the 2002-2003 Free Application for Federal Student Aid in late November. Our web-based Bulk Publication Ordering System (BPOS) is now available for ordering supplies of the 2002-2003 FAFSA and other application materials listed in this message. You can access the system from our "Information for Financial Aid Professionals" (IFAP) web site at www.ifap.ed.gov by selecting Bulk Publication Ordering System from the list of links on the right-hand side of the IFAP main page. Please remember that you will need your school's OPEID number to place an order.

Due to the success of the electronic options mentioned above, we will not print the same quantity of application materials as last year. Your school will see a slight reduction in your initial order.

2002-2003 Application Materials

· The 2002-2003 Free Application for Federal Student Aid in English and Spanish.

We will ship the FAFSAs as quantities arrive from the printer, sequenced by the dates that orders were placed (rather than by geographic regions). You will be able to check the BPOS web site to see when your order was shipped. Once it is shipped, please allow six working days for delivery.

· The Student Guide: A 36-page booklet that gives comprehensive information on our student assistance programs, application procedures, eligibility requirements, etc. It is aimed at college students and parents. We expect to begin shipping Student Guides in late November.

· Funding Your Education: A 16-page booklet that provides a more abbreviated version of the information in The Student Guide. It is intended primarily for high school students. We expect to begin shipping in late November.

· Web site brochure: This brochure promotes the web sites listed in this announcement.

Again, we ask that you encourage your students to use all of our online services, particularly the online versions of the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov). FAFSA on the Web shortens processing time from weeks to days, reduces errors, and contains step-by-step instructions for completing the form.

Thank you for your invaluable contribution to our common goal--to help put America through school.

Sincerely,

Dena C. Bates
Director
Customer Service and
Support Call Centers

Last Modified: 11/20/2001