Part: 2 - - The Application Process for Financial Aid
SectionTitle: Record Information Transfer
The student's data from a FAFSA is sufficient to award aid from the
SFA programs, no matter which FAFSA processor processed the
FAFSA. However, a school may require the student to provide
information to a particular FAFSA processor for purposes of
awarding its own aid. If the student has already filed a FAFSA
through a different FAFSA processor, the student may request in
writing that the information from the FAFSA be transferred from
the FAFSA processor that processed the FAFSA to the FAFSA
processor preferred by the school. There is no charge for this
process, which is known as a Record Information Transfer (RIT).
To transfer data, a student who has already applied for federal aid
may use either of the following methods:
- Send a letter to the new FAFSA processor requesting a
duplicate SAR. If a student files an application with FAFSA
processor #1, then writes a letter to FAFSA processor #2
requesting a duplicate, FAFSA processor #2 will transmit the
information to the CPS, and the student will receive a SAR
generated by FAFSA processor #2.
- Send a letter to a new FAFSA processor requesting an address
change or that his or her data be sent to a school not previously
listed in the "Information Release" section of the FAFSA.
The CPS will transfer data from one FAFSA processor to another
when the student completes a subsequent application through a
different FAFSA processor. For example, if a student files an
application with FAFSA processor #1, then subsequently files an
application with FAFSA processor #2 , the SAR generated by
FAFSA processor #2 will contain the data from the FAFSA
processor #1 application, although the address and list of institutions
may be different. NOTE THAT A SCHOOL MUST ACCEPT A
VALID SAR IN AWARDING FEDERAL STUDENT AID,
REGARDLESS OF THE FAFSA PROCESSOR.