Posted Date: March 11, 2011

Author:  Pamela Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: OUTAGE ALERT--Federal Student Aid Web Site and System Outages Scheduled for March 19-20, 2011

During the period March 19-20, 2011, we plan to execute extended system maintenance for the Central Processing System (CPS) that will impact several Federal Student Aid Web sites and systems. This work is in addition to the regular weekly maintenance that occurs each weekend.

This announcement provides information about the systems and Web sites that will be affected during the extended maintenance period. Please review the information in this announcement and evaluate the impact on your school or organization during the period when the affected Web sites will be unavailable. We believe that this outage should not affect any state deadlines; however, we ask schools to allow some flexibility with any school-specific deadlines, as appropriate. 

Web Site Impact from 6:00 A.M. (ET) Saturday, March 19, 2011 until 11:00 A.M. (ET) Sunday, March 20, 2011

From 6:00 A.M. (ET) on Saturday, March 19, 2011 until 11:00 A.M. (ET) on Sunday, March 20, 2011, users will be unable to access many of our Web sites. Users attempting to access an impacted Web site during this period will receive an error message informing them that the page cannot be found or that the site is unavailable due to maintenance.

  • CPS Web Applications Demo System (FAA Access to CPS Online Demo and FAFSA Demo)

  • FAA Access to CPS Online (including ISIR Analysis Tool and R2T4 on the Web)

  • FAFSA4caster

  • FAFSA on the Web

  • Federal Student Aid PIN

    Note: Only the "Apply Now" and "Apply for a PIN" links that enable users to apply for a new PIN will be unavailable during the outage period. Users with a valid existing PIN will be able to sign-in to other Federal Student Aid Web sites during the outage period.

  • Student Aid Internet Gateway Enrollment

We apologize for the inconvenience these outages may cause and appreciate your patience as we complete these important upgrades.


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