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Summary: Announcement of 2003-2004 Renewal PIN Request Process

Publication Date: September 25, 2002

Author: General Manager: FSA Student Channel

Summary: Announcement of 2003-2004 Renewal PIN Request Process


Posted on September 25, 2002

TO: EDE Destination Points

FROM: FSA, Students Channel, Application Processing

RE: Announcement of 2003-2004 Renewal PIN Request Process

The Department of Education would like to notify you of the upcoming PIN request period. To have the CPS send PINs to your eligible Renewal FAFSA students for the 2003-2004 cycle, instead of paper Renewal FAFSAs, submit your PIN request to the CPS by November 1, 2002 at 5 PM Central Time.

The PIN request period extends from October 7, 2002 through November 1, 2002.

Students can use the PIN you request for them to complete a Renewal FAFSA on the Web, and access other helpful FSA tools. Paper Renewal FAFSAs are still available for students to use, however Renewal FAFSA on the Web offers on-line help and quicker turnaround time.

If you are planning to request PIN mailers for your returning students, please take a moment to review the information below.


You can make PIN requests two ways: by submitting a PIN Request via FAA Access to CPS Online, or by transmitting a "Type 2 Request" via the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG).

FAA Access to CPS Online is available to Destination Point Administrators (DPAs) at Non-DPAs may also use FAA Access to CPS Online to create PIN requests if they have ‘write’ access for RADD Requests. The DPA can grant 'write' access for RADD Requests at the FAA Administration site, available at All individuals, including DPAs, who use FAA Access to CPS Online must also have a PIN. Anyone may request a PIN at this location: We encourage all potential users of FAA Access to CPS Online to apply for and receive a PIN now. DPAs and the individuals who have been granted access may then use their PINs to enter FAA Access to CPS Online to request PINs for their students’ requests.

Type 2 PIN Requests are ASCII files containing a list of Social Security Numbers and name IDs. The file is sent electronically to the CPS for processing via SAIG. These files must be created in accordance with the record layouts for Type 2 PIN requests, available in the RAD Process Guide, available at


October 7, 2002 - October 11, 2002: The CPS builds the Renewal Application database.

· October 7, 2002: Schools may begin submitting PIN requests.

· October 14, 2002 - November 1, 2002: The CPS processes PIN requests daily. Your PIN request file must be completely transmitted and received at the CPS no later than 5 PM Central Time on November 1, 2002.

· November 7, 2002: The CPS transmits RAPP PIN/Print Notification files to all destination numbers (message class PINR04OP). Every school associated with a destination number receives this file, which contains all of the school's eligible Renewal FAFSA students. This file indicates whether the student will receive a PIN or a printed Renewal FAFSA.

· November 7, 2002 - December 20, 2002: The CPS prints and mails paper Renewal FAFSAs and PINs directly to students.

· January 1, 2003: Students can enter and submit 2003-2004 Renewal FAFSA data to the CPS.

All the details of the PIN request process, including eligibility requirements, record layouts for Type 2 PIN requests, troubleshooting guides and more can be found in the 2003-2004 RAD Process guide, available at and at

We hope this process enables you to select and use the best renewal method for your students and your school as you prepare for the new processing year. If you have any questions, please contact CPS/WAN Technical Support at 800/330-5947 or via e-mail at