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(Application Processing) Subject: 2011-2012 CPS Mainframe Test System Available

Posted Date:December 10, 2010

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

Subject: 2011-2012 CPS Mainframe Test System Available

We are pleased to announce that the mainframe portion of the 2011-2012 Central Processing System (CPS) Test System is now available for your use. 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. CPS test application and ISIR data files for 2011-2012 are available under the “2011-2012” link for the “CPS Test System” in the “Technical References and Guides” section of the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at

In particular, we encourage schools and servicers to test the 2011-2012 correction process. 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.

We encourage all schools and servicers interested in using the CPS Test System to download and review the 2011-2012 CPS Test System User Guide for more information. The guide is available under the “2011-2012” link for the “CPS Test System” in the “Technical References and Guides” section of the FSAdownload Web site.

Note: If changes to the CPS occur between the date the 2011-2012 CPS Test System becomes available and January 3, 2011 (the date the CPS begins processing 2011-2012 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 2011-2012.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the 2011-2012 CPS Test System, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806), or by e-mail at

Last Modified: 12/09/2010