Posted Date: May 12, 2015

Author:  Jana Hernandes, Service Director, Operations, Federal Student Aid

Subject: 2015-2016 ISIR Analysis Tool Web Application Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the 2015-2016 version of the ISIR Analysis Tool is now available through the FAA Main Menu of the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site (https://faaaccess.ed.gov). The site can also be accessed from the View menu in the EDExpress for Windows 2015-2016 software.

The ISIR Analysis Tool is designed for any school that wants to review and analyze its Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) data and better understand certain characteristics about its Title IV applicant population and verification process (either selected by the U.S. Department of Education or defined by the school).

You can use the ISIR Analysis Tool to perform the following functions:

  • Using a basic text flat file of Social Security Numbers (SSNs), request specific or random samples of Initial and Paid-On ISIR transactions from the ISIR Datamart to update your ISIR Analysis Tool database.

  • Define and complete user-specified fields to track data specific to your school.

  • Set the School Verification Flag to indicate students meeting your school's institutional verification criteria.

  • Run the Data Validation process to identify and delete student records missing an Initial or Paid-On ISIR transaction and perform other calculations to finalize your overall ISIR sample before generating reports.

  • Generate standard reports to conduct in-depth analysis based on discrepancies or trends identified in requested ISIR data. Quality Assurance (QA) Program participants can share standard report templates with other QA participants using the ISIR Analysis Tool.

  • Create ad-hoc reports to conduct additional analysis unique to your school's user data and student demographics.

  • Export a flat file listing of all student records in your school’s ISIR Analysis Tool database to your Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) mailbox.

Note: Using the ISIR Analysis Tool does not mean that your school is in the QA Program or is exempt from federal verification requirements. To have these benefits, your school must have a signed QA Amendment to its Title IV Program Participation Agreement (PPA).

In addition to the “live” version of the 2015-2016 ISIR Analysis Tool, the demonstration (demo) functionality for the ISIR Analysis Tool is also now available on the FAA Access to CPS Online demo Web site. This demo site, which is automatically preloaded with test ISIR records, enables schools interested in using the ISIR Analysis Tool to examine features such as standard and ad-hoc report generation in a mock-production environment. For more information on accessing the demo site, see the 2015-2016 CPS Test System User Guide on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at https://www.fsadownload.ed.gov.

The ISIR Analysis Tool works with the current versions of most popular Web browser programs, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari. If you are using an older version of one of these browsers and you encounter issues using ISIR Analysis Tool functionality, particularly the reporting feature, we recommend you upgrade your browser to a more recent version.

Note: Visually impaired users who utilize screen reader technology must use Internet Explorer to access the ISIR Analysis Tool’s InfoAssist reporting features.

2015-2016 Enhancements to the ISIR Analysis Tool

The 2015-2016 version of the ISIR Analysis Tool includes the following enhancements:

  • Year Reference and Message Class Updates for 2015-2016: We updated all ISIR Analysis Tool Web site labels and other text to reference the 2015-2016 cycle. We also updated the message class for export files listing all student records in your ISIR Analysis Tool database to IATX16OP.

  • Subsidized Loan Eligibility Used Relabeled: The Subsidized Loan Eligibility Used field, which indicates the percentage of loan eligibility the student has used under 150% Direct Subsidized loan limit rules, was renamed to Subsidized Usage Period.

For more information on the 2015-2016 ISIR, see the 2015-2016 ISIR Guide, available for download from the FSAdownload Web site (https://www.fsadownload.ed.gov).

Enrollment and Authentication for the ISIR Analysis Tool Web Site

Your staff members must be enrolled for FAA Access to CPS Online and the ISIR Analysis Tool to access the ISIR Analysis Tool. The Primary Destination Point Administrator (DPA) or Secondary DPA of the TG number currently used by your school to send and receive FAFSAs and ISIR corrections automatically has access to the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site and can add or modify rights. The Primary or Secondary DPA needs to enroll financial aid staff members for access to the FAA Access to CPS Online and ISIR Analysis Tool Web sites. The Primary DPA must be enrolled for FAA Access to CPS Online before he or she can enroll additional staff members.

If your school is enrolled for 2014-2015, your enrollment carries over to 2015-2016. If your school is not enrolled, your school’s Primary or Secondary DPA can complete the enrollment for FAA Access to CPS Online Web site services for your school, including access to the ISIR Analysis Tool, through the SAIG Enrollment Web site, located at https://fsawebenroll.ed.gov.

A Federal Student Aid User of Electronic Services Statement must be printed by the Primary DPA and signed by new users of the FAA Access to CPS Online, R2T4 on the Web, or ISIR Analysis Tool Web sites. While you are not required to mail the Federal Student Aid User of Electronic Services Statement to FSA’s Participation Management system, you must retain signed copies at your school.

To access the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site, you must use an FSA User ID and password.  Any FAA Access users at your school who do not have an FSA User ID can acquire one by completing the following steps:

  • Step 1: Go to the SAIG Enrollment Web site and click on the “FSA User ID Registration” link on the left-hand side of the home page.

  • Step 2: Enter the identifying information requested and click on “Submit.”

  • Step 3: Follow the remaining steps, which include establishing a password and setting up challenge questions.

During the FSA User ID registration process, the user will be presented with the e-mail address reflected within the SAIG Enrollment Web site. We will use this e-mail address to send the FSA User ID.

Note: As first explained in a January 13, 2012 Electronic Announcement on the IFAP Web site, one of the technology security initiatives we implemented in 2012 is a security process called Two Factor Authentication (TFA). Through TFA, when logging in to certain Federal Student Aid systems, including the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site, an authorized user is required to use a traditional User ID and Password as well as provide a One-Time Password (OTP). The OTP is generated by a registered token device that is in the physical possession of the user. If you have questions about TFA or need additional tokens, send an e-mail to TFA_Communications@ed.gov.

Contact Information

If you have technical questions regarding the ISIR Analysis Tool or the SAIG enrollment procedures described in this message, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.

   

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