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Summary: CCRAA Operational Implementation Guidance (CPS, COD System, and EDESuite)--2008-2009 ISIR Reprocessing on February 15, 2008 to add TEACH Grant Comment Code 281

Publication Date: February 11, 2008

Author: William Leith, Acting General Manager, Application, Operations and Delivery Services, Federal Student Aid

Summary: CCRAA Operational Implementation Guidance (CPS, COD System, and EDESuite)—2008-2009 ISIR Reprocessing on February 15, 2008 to add TEACH Grant Comment Code 281

Posted on 02-11-2008

As we informed you in Electronic Announcements posted to the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site on December 21, 2007 and February 5, 2008, we added a new Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program question on the 2008-2009 FAFSA on the Web site. As of February 11, 2008, comment code 281 is now being added to Student Aid Report (SAR)/Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) transactions for students who submit a new FAFSA on the Web application and answer "Yes" to the TEACH Grant question. A reprocessing of 2008-2009 ISIRs is scheduled for Friday, February 15, 2008, to add the new comment code 281 and associated comment text to records for students who previously answered "Yes" to the TEACH Grant question.

Reprocessing for Comment Code 281

The reprocessing for comment code 281 will occur on February 15, 2008. The resulting ISIR transactions, which will be sent to all schools listed on the applicant's FAFSA, will include comment code number 281, indicating that the applicant answered "Yes" to the TEACH Grant question. A SAR with the appropriate TEACH Grant comment text will also be sent to the applicant. New SAR comment 281 states:

"When you completed your FAFSA, you responded 'YES' to the question about your plans to take coursework that will enable you to become a teacher. We asked this question because there is a new federal student aid program for students who plan on becoming teachers. You should go to to learn more and find out what steps you must take to be considered for the program. If you cannot access the website, you should call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)."

How To Identify Reprocessed Transactions

There are several methods for identifying records resulting from this reprocessing, in addition to using comment code 281:

  • ISIRs produced as a result of the reprocessing will include a value of "03" for the Reprocessed Reason Code (ISIR field #174). The Reprocessed Reason Code value of "03" will display on page 2 of the paper SAR, in the FAA Info section.

  • The online Student Aid Report available to students on FAFSA on the Web and the Student Inquiry pages of the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site will display a Reprocessing Reason Description stating "Reprocessed to add the new Comment 281 based on the applicant's response to the TEACH Grant question."

New Comment Code 282 for Filers Who Were Not Presented With TEACH Grant Question

We also informed you in the February 5, 2008 Electronic Announcement about the upcoming reprocessing of student records for applicants who were not given the opportunity to answer the TEACH Grant question. This includes all applicants who filed a paper FAFSA, as well as those students for whom the application was generated by a school in FAA Access to CPS Online or through the EDE process. The resulting SAR/ISIR transactions will include new comment code number 282, indicating that the applicant has not been given the opportunity to answer the TEACH Grant question.

We are still in the process of finalizing the details of the upcoming reprocessing to add comment code 282. As soon as these details are finalized, we will communicate the information in an Electronic Announcement, posted on the IFAP Web site.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at

Last Modified: 02/10/2008