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Feedback from the processing system

AwardYear: 1997-1998
Edition: PostSecondary
Part: 2 - - The application process for financial aid
SectionTitle: Feedback from the processing system

PageNumbers: 46-47

Feedback from the processing system

Comments on the SAR and ISIR identify changes made by a FAA
(such as dependency overrides and professional judgment
adjustments). This is helpful if the student has submitted more than
one application. In particular, you will need to know if a student's
information has been changed by a FAA at another school. A new
student may have applied to other schools as well as your own and
may present a SAR that is the result of a dependency override at one
of those schools. Before you pay the student based on that SAR, you
must determine whether the student would be considered
independent at your school, and document that decision in the
student's file.

The CPS identifies a SAR or ISIR that is the result of a
dependency override by printing a comment in the
eligibility letter to the student (Part 1). In addition, the letter "Y" will
be printed next to Dependency Override in the "FAA Information"
section of the SAR or ISIR if an override was performed, or "N" if it
was canceled.

A SAR that has been reprocessed based on a financial aid
administrator's adjustment of a data element
using professional judgment
will have a comment to that
effect on Part 1 of the SAR. The SAR or ISIR will have a "Y" for an
adjustment printed in the "FAA Information" section. Please note
that a financial aid administrator at another school cannot use this
adjustment and must instead make and document his or her own
adjustments to a SAR.

The letter "C" printed next to the EFC indicates that there are certain
comments requiring further action by the school. For example, if the
Department determines through the National Student Loan Data
System (NSLDS) match that the student is in default on a federal
student loan, this flag (C) is printed in addition to the appropriate
comment. The flag is printed if NSLDS, Selective Service,
Department of Justice, Social Security Administration (SSA) or
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) matches produce
information requiring resolution by the school.

In 1996-97, the Social Security Number (SSN) Match with SSA was
expanded to compare U.S. citizenship status reported by the student
with SSA database information. The results of that match appear in
the FAA Information Box on all output documents. If SSA does not
confirm a student's claim of U.S. citizenship, the SAR will contain
comment #146 and the SAR "C" flag is set. The student is required
to provide documentation confirming current U.S. citizenship status,
or the student will have to correct citizenship status. If the student is
an eligible noncitizen, he or she must provide an Alien Registration
Number so that the CPS can conduct a match with INS. If the student
gets a citizenship match = N, but gets INS flag = Y, no resolution is

The comments that are printed in Part 1 of the SAR are identified by
numbers in the processing system. Many financial aid administrators
are familiar with these numbers, which are listed in the Applicant
Data Tape record description provided to schools receiving ISIRs on
data tapes, The Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook, the Title
IV WAN User's Guide
, and A Guide to 1997-98 SARs and ISIRs. As
a convenience to these financial aid administrators, the numbers of
all the comments included in the SAR will be printed in the "FAA
Information" section.

Last Modified: 08/23/1998