Publication Date: January 14, 2002
Author: General Manager: SFA Student Channel
Summary: 2002-2003 Application Processing System Startup Message #2
Posted on January 14, 2002
TO: All Destination Points
FROM: CPS/WAN Technical Support and FAFSA on the Web Technical Support
RE: 2002-2003 Application Processing System Startup Message #2
This is the second message being sent to you to inform you about the startup of the 2002-2003 Application Processing System. This message will focus on some of the Web-based portions of the Application Processing System--including FAA Access on the Web, the PIN site, FAFSA on the Web, and Spanish FAFSA on the Web.
FAA Access to CPS Online
The FAA Access to CPS Online Web site has been updated to make it both more attractive and effective. You can use FAA Access to CPS Online to view student SAR data, to check the status of batches sent to the Central Processing System, and to request a duplicate print of a Renewal Application. FAA Access to CPS Online Web site is located at the following URL: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/FAA/faa.htm.
Each destination point administrator who is enrolled to process CPS data should have already received a PIN Mailer containing a U.S. Department of Education PIN to use when accessing the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site. The PIN Mailer was sent to the address on file with SAIG. If you need to update the address where your PIN was mailed, you can make this update at http://www.pin.ed.gov.
The destination point administrator may use the FAA Administration portion of the SAIG Enrollment Web site to enroll other financial aid administrators from their school to have access to this site as well. After the destination point administrator enrolls additional individuals, each of those individuals will receive a PIN Mailer containing their own US Department of Education PINs to use when accessing FAA Access to CPS Online. If an e-mail address was provided when the additional individuals were enrolled, they will receive e-mails that include a link to a Web site where they may view their Pins on the Internet instead of receiving PIN Mailers. (If an individual already has a PIN because he/she received one as a student or parent, that same PIN will be used with FAA Access to CPS Online. Therefore, the PIN Mailer or E-PIN will contain the same PIN as previously assigned.)
Coming this spring, you will be able to enter FAFSAs, Renewal FAFSAs, and Corrections via the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site as well. More details will be sent when the enhanced site becomes available.
PIN Web SiteWhile its basic functionality remains the same, the PIN Web site has also been redesigned to be friendlier and more visually appealing. Students, parents, and financial aid professionals can use this site to apply for a Department of Education PIN. Those who already have a PIN can use the PIN site to change their PIN, request another copy of their PIN, disable their PIN, or update their PIN mailing and e-mail address. The PIN Web site is located at the following URL: http://www.pin.ed.gov/.
A PIN is an electronic signature and can be used with many of the US Department of Education Web sites. Just as each person has one signature that can be used for various purposes, each person only needs one PIN. Students and parents with a PIN can use their PIN to electronically sign applications and corrections made on the FAFSA on the Web site. Students can also use their PIN to --
view a history of their federal student financial aid on the National Student Loan Data System Web site,
access Direct Loan entrance counseling from the Direct Loan Origination site,
access exit counseling at the Direct Loan Servicing site,
track the status of online consolidation applications at the Direct Loan Consolidation Web site, and
electronically sign their Federal Direct or Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Master Promissory Note.
A new feature of the PIN site is the implementation of the E-PIN. With this improvement, those who provide an e-mail address when they request their PIN will receive an e-mail that includes a link to a Web site where they may view their PIN on the Internet.Â An E-PIN will also be sent to first-time filers who provide their e-mail address when filing either their 2001-2002 or 2002-2003 FAFSA.
FAFSA on the WebThe FAFSA and Renewal FAFSA on the Web site is also available and processing applications for the 2002-2003 cycle.Â This site has been redesigned to be more efficient, easier to use, and more visually attractive.Â CPS is processing Web applications from students using both electronic signatures (Pins) and paper signature pages.Â The FAFSA on the Web site is located at the following URL: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
Spanish FAFSA on the WebFor the second year, the Department of Education is making available a Spanish version of the popular FAFSA on the Web application.Â The Spanish version allows students to file both initial and renewal applications.Â To access the Spanish FAFSA on the Web application, go to the FAFSA on the Web site at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and choose the link labeled "Llene su Solicitud FAFSA en Espanol."
For further informationAll of the Web-based portions of the Application Delivery System mentioned above were discussed as part of the sessions presented at our 2001 Electronic Access Conferences.Â If you were unable to attend one of the conferences or missed a session, please go to the EAC conference Web site http://fsaconferences.ed.gov/ where you can download the presentations in PowerPoint format.
If you have questions about the FAA Access on the Web site, please contact CPS/WAN Technical Support at (800) 330-5947, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the PIN site, FAFSA on the Web, or Spanish FAFSA on the Web, you can contact FAFSA on the Web Customer Service at (800) 4-FEDAID (800-433-3243), or via e-mail at fafsaWeb@ncs.com.