Posted Date: April 13, 2009

Author: William Leith, Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Number of Applications Received by State for 2008-2009 and 2009-2010

The attached reports provide a count of Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs) received by the Central Processing System (CPS) from each state for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 award years. The reports, posted in both Excel and PDF, identify the source of those applications (i.e. paper, electronic, or Web) and display figures for both dependent and independent students. In addition, the number of applications received from each state is further broken down by the language of the application (English or Spanish) as well as by the preparer of the application (student or financial aid administrator).

The state value is obtained from the applicant's answers to the state of legal residence questions on the FAFSA (question 18 for the student and question 72 for the parent). Each report begins with data for a state of legal residence that is blank, which identifies applicants that did not provide an answer to question 18 or 72.

Current Reports

We have provided reports for the first quarter of 2009-2010 (all processing to date), the identical quarter of 2008-2009 (so you may compare 2009-2010 processing with data from the same time last year), and all processing to date for 2008-2009. Please see each report for the specific dates covered by the report.


  • The total number of applications on these reports only includes initial (01) transactions, which excludes corrections.
  • As we explained in an electronic announcement posted on November 6, 2008, these reports include rejected 01 transactions.
  • The column "Electronic Other Original" refers to the submission of FAFSA data using the Electronic Data Exchange (EDE) process.
  • These reports are run on a quarterly basis. The number of weeks in each quarter may vary by award year. Please keep that in mind if you use the data in the reports to perform a comparison between award years.

If You Have Questions

If you have any questions please contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at


2009-2010 Applications for the Current Quarter in PDF Format, 544KB, 46 pages

2009-2010 Applications for the Current Quarter in Microsoft Excel Format, 162KB

2008-2009 Applications for the Identical Quarter in PDF Format, 479KB, 47 pages

2008-2009 Applications for the Identical Quarter in Microsoft Excel Format, 135KB

2008-2009 Applications for the Cycle-to-Date in PDF Format, 499KB, 49 pages

2008-2009 Applications for the Cycle-to-Date in Microsoft Excel Format, 137KB


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