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(Application Processing) Subject: Availability of 2018-2019 CPS Test System Data Files and Comment Code Text (Updated September 19, 2017)

Posted Date:September 19, 2017

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

Subject: Availability of 2018-2019 CPS Test System Data Files and Comment Code Text (Updated September 19, 2017)

NOTE: On September 19, 2017, we added the availability date of the Test System Data Files to the paragraph below.

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 2018-2019 Central Processing System (CPS) Test System on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) website, located at These files will be available on September 25, 2017.

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 2018-2019 CPS Test System will be released for use on September 24, 2017.

To download the 2018-2019 CPS test application, ISIR, and comment code text files, go to the “Technical References and Guides” section of the FSAdownload website and click the “2018-2019 DRAFT” link under “CPS Test System.”

Schools and servicers interested in using the CPS Test System should download and review the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 test data until 2018-2019 processing begins on October 2, 2017.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the mainframe portion of the 2018-2019 CPS Test System, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806), or by e-mail at

Last Modified: 09/18/2017