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Summary: 2007-2008 ISIR Analysis Tool Web Application Now Available

Publication Date: February 12, 2007

Author: G. Kay Jacks, General Manager, Application, Operations and Delivery Services, Federal Student Aid

Summary: 2007-2008 ISIR Analysis Tool Web Application Now Available

Posted on 02-12-2007

Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce that the 2007-2008 version of the ISIR Analysis Tool is now available through the FAA Main Menu of the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/FOTWWebApp/faa/faa.jsp).

The ISIR Analysis Tool Web application is designed for any school that wants to review and analyze its Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) data and better understand certain characteristics about its Title IV applicant population and verification process (either selected by the U.S. Department of Education or defined by the school). The Web site allows you to perform the following functions:

  • Request specific or random samples of Initial and Paid On ISIR transactions from the ISIR Datamart to populate your ISIR Analysis Tool database using a basic text flat file.
  • Define and complete user-specified fields to track data specific to your school.
  • Set the School Verification Flag to indicate students meeting your school’s institutional verification criteria.
  • Run the Data Validation process to identify student records missing an Initial or Paid On ISIR transaction and perform other calculations to finalize your overall ISIR sample before generating reports.
  • Generate standard reports that are used for in-depth analysis based on discrepancies or trends identified in requested ISIR data. Quality Assurance (QA) Program participants can share standard report templates with other QA participants using the ISIR Analysis Tool.
  • Create ad-hoc reports that can be used to conduct additional analysis unique to your school’s user data and student demographics.
  • Export a flat file listing of all student records in your ISIR Analysis Tool database to your Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) mailbox.

Note: Using the ISIR Analysis Tool does not necessarily mean that your school is in the QA Program or is exempt from federal verification requirements. To have these benefits, you must have a signed QA Amendment to your Title IV Program Participation Agreement (PPA).

You must have Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5.5 or higher as your browser in order to utilize the reporting features available in the ISIR Analysis Tool.

2007-2008 Enhancements to the ISIR Analysis Tool

The 2007-2008 version of the ISIR Analysis Tool includes the following enhancements:

  • Enhanced “Common Look and Feel” for the ISIR Analysis Tool Web Site. We updated the “common look and feel” of the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site, which includes the ISIR Analysis Tool, to enhance user navigation and to more clearly indicate to users that they are viewing an official Federal Student Aid site. These changes, which include modifications to the color scheme, toolbar options, and labels, will eventually be applied to all Federal Student Aid Web sites.
  • 2007-2008 Year References and Message Classes Added. We updated all ISIR Analysis Tool Web site labels and other text to reference the 2007-2008 cycle. We also updated the message class for Export files listing all student records in your ISIR Analysis Tool database to IATX08OP.
  • PDF Report Output Option Removed. On the Standard Report Filters page the PDF option was removed from the report output format filter. However, the PDF report output option is still available to generate ad-hoc reports.
  • New 2007-2008 ISIR Data Elements Added to the ISIR Analysis Tool Database. Eleven new fields were added to the 2007-2008 ISIR as a result of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (the HERA), Pub. L. 109-171. These fields will be added to your 2007-2008 ISIR Analysis Tool database as a result of ISIR Data Requests you submit. The new 2007-2008 ISIR fields added are:

    -- Active-Duty Military Status

    -- Student’s Supplemental Security Income

    -- Student’s Food Stamps

    -- Student’s Free/Reduced Price Lunch

    -- Student’s TANF

    -- Student’s WIC

    -- Parents’ Supplemental Security Income

    -- Parents’ Food Stamps

    -- Parents’ Free/Reduced Price Lunch

    -- Parents’ TANF

    -- Parents’ WIC

Enrollment for the ISIR Analysis Tool

If you already enrolled your staff for access to the 2006-2007 version of the ISIR Analysis Tool Web site, you do not need to enroll them again for 2007-2008.

However, for those staff currently not enrolled, you will need to enroll each user for both FAA Access to CPS Online and the ISIR Analysis Tool specifically to access the ISIR Analysis Tool Web site. The Destination Point Administrator (DPA) or Secondary Destination Point Administrator (SDPA) of the TG number currently used by your school to send and receive Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs) and ISIR corrections has access to the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site by default and can add or modify rights. The DPA or SDPA will need to enroll financial aid staff members for access to the FAA Access to CPS Online and the ISIR Analysis Tool Web sites.

You can easily sign up financial aid staff members for FAA Access to CPS Online and the ISIR Analysis Tool on the SAIG Enrollment Web site, located at http://fsawebenroll.ed.gov.

Signature pages are not required for FAA Access to CPS Online or ISIR Analysis Tool enrollment.

If You Have Questions

If you have any technical questions regarding the ISIR Analysis Tool or the SAIG enrollment procedures described in this message, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.

If you are a participant in Federal Student Aid’s Quality Assurance (QA) Program and have questions regarding the ISIR Analysis Tool, you can contact QA Program staff at qualityassurance@ed.gov or call your regional Federal Student Aid contact.

If you have policy-related questions, contact Federal Student Aid’s Research and Customer Care Center (RCCC) at 800/433-7327 or by fax at 202/275-5532. You can also e-mail the RCCC at fsa.customer.support@ed.gov. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

Last Modified: 02/11/2007