Publication Date: October 30, 2007
Author: William Leith, Acting General Manager, Application, Operations and Delivery Services, Federal Student Aid
Summary: Availability of 2008-2009 CPS Test System User Guide
Posted on 10-30-2007
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of the 2008-2009 CPS Test System User Guide on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at http://FSAdownload.ed.gov.
This guide provides instructions for using the Central Processing System (CPS) Test System, which includes two testing environments: a mainframe test environment and a Web Demonstration (demo) site, located at http://fafsademo.test.ed.gov .
Mainframe Test System
The mainframe portion of the CPS Test System is designed to test application and correction data processing between your system and the CPS outside the production environment. You can use CPS test files of application records and matching Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs), or you can create and submit your own application records.
To submit only test correction records you have created, you must contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support to request record IDs that will process successfully in the CPS Test System. See the “If You Have Questions” section at the end of this message for CPS/SAIG Technical Support contact information.
The mainframe portion of the CPS Test System will be available the week of November 19, 2007.
Note: If changes to the CPS occur between the date the 2008-2009 CPS Test System becomes available and January 2, 2008 (the date the CPS begins processing 2008-2009 data), the changes will be incorporated into the mainframe test system as they are identified and resolved. We will post an Issues Log in Microsoft Excel format to the FSAdownload Web site listing issues or changes to the mainframe test system. Each entry in the log will include the date the item was identified, resolved, or resulted in a change, and will include the status of resolved and unresolved issues so that you can easily determine if and when previously identified issues were resolved. It will also indicate whether the specifications or test cases have been updated for 2008-2009.
Web Demo Site
The Web portion of the CPS Test System contains demo versions of both the FAFSA on the Web and FAA Access to CPS Online Web sites. For 2008-2009, we have also added a demo version of the ISIR Analysis Tool in FAA Access to CPS Online. These demo sites offer most of the features of the production versions of FAFSA on the Web and FAA Access to CPS Online (including the ISIR Analysis Tool and Return of Title IV Funds) and can be used as a training tool for students, parents, and financial aid office staff.
The FAA Access to CPS Online and FAFSA on the Web demo sites will be available for use at http://fafsademo.test.ed.gov beginning December 2, 2007. The demo version of the ISIR Analysis Tool will be available beginning in February 2008, simultaneously with the release of the 2008-2009 production version of the ISIR Analysis Tool.
If You Have Questions
The CPS Test System User Guide, along with a file of test application data and its corresponding test ISIR file, is available in the “Technical References and Guides” section of the FSAdownload Web site.
If you have any questions regarding the 2007-2008 CPS Test System User Guide, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806), or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.