Part: 2 - - The Application Process
SectionTitle: Feedback from the Processing System
Feedback from the Processing System
Comments on the SAR and ISIR identify changes an FAA has made (such as dependency overrides and professional judgment adjustments). These comments are helpful if the student has submitted more than one application. In particular, you will need to know if an FAA at another school has changed a student's information. A new student may have applied to other schools as well as your own and may present a SAR that reflects a dependency override one of those schools made. 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 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 an FAA's adjustment of a data element using professional judgment will have a comment to that effect on Part 1. The SAR or ISIR will have a "Y" for an adjustment printed in the FAA Information section. An FAA 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 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, SSA or INS matches produce information requiring resolution by the school. The results of the SSA match appear in the FAA Information Box on all output documents.
A student who is eligible for a Pell Grant will have a "Y" printed next to the Pell Grant eligibility flag in the FAA Use section of the SAR or ISIR. The Pell eligibility flag will be blank if the student is not eligible for a Pell Grant.
The comments that are printed in Part 1 of the SAR are identified by numbers in the processing system. Many FAAs 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 1998-99 SARs and ISIRs. As a convenience to these FAAs, the numbers of all the FAA comment codes included in the SAR will be printed in the FAA Information section.