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(Application Processing) Subject: Issue Alert Follow-Up: Suppression of 2012-2013 SAR/ISIR Transactions for Non-Pell-Eligible Students Resulting from Pell Grant LEU Postscreening

Posted Date:August 2, 2012

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

Subject: Issue Alert Follow-Up: Suppression of 2012-2013 SAR/ISIR Transactions for Non-Pell-Eligible Students Resulting from Pell Grant LEU Postscreening

In a July 23, 2012 electronic announcement we described our efforts to address inquiries from schools about recent 2012-2013 Student Aid Report (SAR) and Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) transactions resulting from National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) postscreening that indicate an issue with total Federal Pell Grant (Pell Grant) eligibility (or the Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used [LEU] percentage) for students that are not currently Pell-eligible.

Background

On July 17, 2012, the Central Processing System (CPS) began sending new 2012-2013 SAR/ISIR transactions generated as a result of normal NSLDS postscreening routines that were based on the calculated Pell Grant lifetime eligibility limit announced in the June 29, 2012 electronic announcement. We subsequently received reports from schools that they were receiving SAR/ISIR transactions that contained an NSLDS postscreening reason code of 20 (Pell eligible and met or exceeded Pell lifetime limit) or 22 (Pell eligible and close to Pell lifetime limit) for students who are not currently Pell-eligible.

Resolution

After reviewing options for resolving this issue, we have decided to implement a change to the CPS on August 5, 2012 that will suppress the creation of new SAR/ISIR transactions based on NSLDS postscreening, if the student is not Pell-eligible and the NSLDS postscreening reason code is 20 or 22.

Note: A 2012-2013 SAR/ISIR transaction will be created as a result of NSLDS postscreening after August 5, 2012 for non-Pell-eligible students when the record has additional NSLDS postscreening reason codes in combination with 20 and/or 22.

No CPS reprocessing is planned for this issue. Schools should continue to ignore the NSLDS postscreening reason codes of 20 and 22 if they appear on a non-Pell-eligible transaction created between July 17 and August 5, 2012.

Contact Information

We regret any confusion this issue has caused. If you have any questions regarding this message, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.

Last Modified: 08/01/2012