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Summary: Reminder: Submit 2008-2009 SAR and ISIR Corrections by January 11, 2009 in Preparation for 2009-2010 Renewal Reminder Distribution

Publication Date: November 5, 2008

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

Summary: Reminder: Submit 2008-2009 SAR and ISIR Corrections by January 11, 2009 in Preparation for 2009-2010 Renewal Reminder Distribution

Posted on 11-05-2008

In preparation for the 2009-2010 Renewal Reminder distribution, Federal Student Aid is reminding all schools to update 2008-2009 Student Aid Report (SAR) and Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) transactions for their students with current e-mail and mailing addresses by January 11, 2009. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for a 2009-2010 renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 11, 2009, will be sent a Renewal Reminder e-mail or a Renewal Reminder letter between January 15 and February 16, 2009.

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 2008-2009 transactions and to submit any other pending corrections that may be preventing the student from being renewal-eligible for 2009-2010, 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.

Also, students who submit a FAFSA4caster record prior to January 11, 2009 and are age 16 or older as of January 1, 2009 will be eligible to submit a 2009-2010 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 2008-2009 records will be sent 2009-2010 Renewal Reminder e-mails.

Renewal-eligible students whose 2008-2009 records do not have e-mail addresses, or whose Renewal Reminder e-mails have been returned as undeliverable, will be mailed 2009-2010 Renewal Reminder letters, provided there is a deliverable mailing address.

Note: Students will receive Spanish 2009-2010 Renewal Reminders if the 2008-2009 transaction that is renewal-eligible was created from a Spanish application.

Where can I get more information?

For further information on the 2009-2010 renewal application process, see the 2009-2010 Student Web Application Products Process Guide, which will be available in November 2008 on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site, located at, and the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at

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: 11/04/2008