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(Application Processing) Subject: Availability of 2017-2018 CPS Test System Data Files and Comment Code Text

Posted Date:September 22, 2016

Author: Lisa DiCarlo, Director, Student Experience Group, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Availability of 2017-2018 CPS Test System Data Files and Comment Code Text

We are pleased to announce the availability of test application and Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) data files and ISIR Comment Code text for use with the mainframe portion of the 2017-2018 Central Processing System (CPS) Test System on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at

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 the posted CPS test files of application records and matching ISIRs or you can create and submit your own application records. The 2017-2018 CPS Test System will be released for use on September 25, 2016.

To download the 2017-2018 CPS test application, ISIR, and comment code text files, go to the “Technical References and Guides” section of the FSAdownload Web site and click the “2017-2018 DRAFT” link under “CPS Test System.”

Schools and servicers interested in using the CPS Test System should download and review the 2017-2018 CPS Test System User Guide for more information. The guide is available on the FSAdownload Web site in the same location as the test data files.

Important Note: The CPS will not process responses to submissions of 2017-2018 test data until 2017-2018 processing begins on October 3, 2016.

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the mainframe portion of the 2017-2018 CPS Test System, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806), or by e-mail at

Last Modified: 09/21/2016