Publication Date: November 13, 2007
Author: William Leith, Acting General Manager, Application, Operations and Delivery Services, Federal Student Aid
Summary: Reminder: Submit 2007-2008 Student Aid Report (SAR) and Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) Corrections by January 11, 2008 in Preparation for 2008-2009 Renewal Reminder Distribution
Posted on 11-13-2007
In preparation for the 2008-2009 Renewal Reminder distribution, Federal Student Aid is reminding all schools to update 2007-2008 SAR and ISIR transactions for their students with current e-mail and mailing addresses by January 11, 2008. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for a 2008-2009 renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 11, 2008, will be sent a Renewal Reminder e-mail or a Renewal Reminder letter between January 16 and February 11, 2008.
What is the Renewal Reminder?
The Renewal Reminder is an important alert for renewal-eligible students, reminding them that they can use FAFSA on the Web to reapply for aid. Federal Student Aid encourages schools to work with students to ensure the most current e-mail and mailing address information is present on 2007-2008 transactions and to submit any other pending corrections that may be preventing the student from being renewal-eligible for 2008-2009, such as resolving rejected transactions.
Who is eligible for a Renewal Reminder?
Renewal-eligible students must have a "good" match with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to qualify for a Renewal Reminder. A "good" match occurs when the student's Social Security Number (SSN), name, and date of birth all match SSA's records and the student received a match flag of "4." A successful match result indicates that the student has previously been sent a Federal Student Aid PIN, which is required to access renewal data on FAFSA on the Web, and the student should therefore be sent a Renewal Reminder.
New for 2008-2009! Students who submit a FAFSA4caster record by January 11, 2008 and are age 16 or older as of January 1, 2008 will be eligible to submit a 2008-2009 renewal application using FAFSA on the Web and will be sent a Renewal Reminder with customized text.
What type of Renewal Reminder will a student receive?
Renewal-eligible students who provide valid e-mail addresses on their 2007-2008 records will be sent 2008-2009 Renewal Reminder e-mails.
Renewal-eligible students whose 2007-2008 records do not have e-mail addresses, or whose Renewal Reminder e-mails have been returned as undeliverable, will be mailed 2008-2009 Renewal Reminder letters, provided there is a deliverable mailing address.
New for 2008-2009! Students will receive Spanish 2008-2009 Renewal Reminders if the 2007-2008 transaction that is renewal-eligible was created from a Spanish application.
Where can I get more information?
For further information on the 2008-2009 renewal application process and a sample of the Renewal Reminder, see the 2008-2009 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System, available on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site, located at ifap.ed.gov, and the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at fsadownload.ed.gov.
If you have any questions, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.