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(General) High-Level Overview -- Redesigned IFAP Web Site Planned for November 23, 2008

Posted Date:November 19, 2008

Author: William Leith, Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: High-Level Overview -- Redesigned IFAP Web Site Planned for November 23, 2008

As we announced in a November 7, 2008 Electronic Announcement on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site, we plan to implement a reorganized and redesigned IFAP Web site on November 23, 2008. In order to complete our work, the IFAP Web site will be unavailable to users from 8:00 P.M. (ET) on Saturday, November 22, 2008 until 12:01 A.M. (ET) on Sunday, November 23, 2008.

The redesigned IFAP Web site will offer many new features. The purpose of this announcement is to provide more information about key features and orient users to the site. In the attachment to this announcement titled "High-Level Overview of Redesigned IFAP Web Site," we provide a high-level overview of the key features of the redesigned site.

A primary goal of this redesign initiative is to make information easier to locate while at the same time offering multiple approaches to how information is organized. In doing this, we have attempted to address the different ways that users access information. We are hopeful that all users will find navigation of the redesigned IFAP Web site to be very intuitive.

In follow up to the high-level overview attached to this announcement, we will provide more detailed information about the redesigned IFAP Web site’s key features. Our plan is to post the more detailed information through a series of announcements during the week of December 8-12, 2008. Each announcement will cover a specific area of the site and will address questions and clarification requests that we receive from users during the first two weeks after implementation.

As reminders...

  • The new features of the redesigned IFAP Web site will include some that have been available on the Financial Aid Professionals Portal (FAP) Web site (http://fsa4schools.ed.gov). With the inclusion of the FAP features on the redesigned IFAP Web site, we will retire the FAP upon implementation of the new IFAP Web site.

  • Implementation of the redesigned IFAP Web site will not affect IFAP subscription e-mails. Upon implementation of the new IFAP Web site, subscribers will automatically continue to receive these e-mails.

We look forward to providing improved service to you through the reorganized and redesigned IFAP Web site. Please refer to the attachment for the high-level overview of the new site.

Last Modified: 11/18/2008