Federal Student Aid - IFAP

Publication Date: June 21, 2006

Author: G. Kay Jacks, General Manager, FSA Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Services

Summary: HERA Operational Implementation Guidance (CPS, COD System, EDExpress Suite) -- Notice of Issue with May 24, 2006 CPS Reprocessing of 2006-2007 ISIRs

Posted on 06-21-2006

We have discovered an issue with the 2006-2007 records that were reprocessed by the Central Processing System (CPS) on May 24, 2006. As described in the electronic announcement posted on May 11, 2006, reprocessing of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data was necessary to implement provisions of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (the HERA), Pub. L. 109-171, as described in Dear Colleague Letter, GEN-06-05. These changes include eliminating the consideration of a dependent student's type of tax return for the simplified needs test (SNT) and automatic zero expected family contribution (EFC), and increasing the income threshold to $20,000 to qualify for an automatic zero EFC.

As you are aware, the original reprocessing occurred on May 19, 2006 and the second reprocessing was done on May 24, 2006. We have researched and confirmed reports by institutions that the May 24, 2006 reprocessing included 2006-2007 Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) with an EFC greater than zero but did not include records from the original May 19, 2006 reprocessing with a zero EFC.

An additional reprocessing of 2006-2007 ISIRs will occur this week to update student records with a zero EFC that were excluded from the May 24, 2006 reprocessing. This third reprocessing will ensure the HERA need analysis changes are applied correctly to all 2006-2007 records and that institutions will receive the remaining ISIRs needed to complete this important reprocessing of student data.

For Further Information

We will post an additional message with more specific information about this issue and the planned reprocessing shortly.

If you have questions regarding this message, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov. If you have other questions regarding the HERA, contact the Federal Research and Customer Care Center (RCCC) at 800/433-7327.

We regret any inconvenience this reprocessing issue may have caused you.