Posted Date: October 7, 2014

Author:  Lisa DiCarlo, Director, Student Experience Group, Federal Student Aid

Subject: 2015-2016 CPS Test System User Guide Available on FSAdownload Web Site

We are pleased to announce the posting of the 2015-2016 CPS Test System User Guide on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at https://www.fsadownload.ed.gov.

This guide provides instructions for using the Central Processing System (CPS) Test System, which includes two testing environments: a mainframe test environment and a Web Demonstration (demo) site, located at http://fafsademo.test.ed.gov.

Mainframe Test System

The mainframe portion of the CPS Test System is designed to test application and correction data processing between your system and the CPS outside the production environment. You can use CPS test files of application records and matching Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs), or you can create and submit your own application records.

To submit only test correction records you have created, you must contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support to request record IDs that will process successfully in the CPS Test System. The mainframe portion of the CPS Test System will be available in late December 2014.

Note: We will post an Issues Log in Microsoft Excel format to the FSAdownload Web site listing issues or changes made to the mainframe test system. The log is updated throughout the cycle when changes are made to the system. Each entry in the log will include the date the item was identified, resolved, or resulted in a change, and will include the status of resolved and unresolved issues so that you can easily determine if and when previously identified issues were resolved. It will also indicate whether the specifications or test cases have been updated for 2015-2016.

Web Demo Site

The Web portion of the CPS Test System contains demo versions of both the FAFSA on the Web and FAA Access to CPS Online Web sites. These demo sites offer most of the features of the production versions of FAFSA on the Web and FAA Access to CPS Online (including the ISIR Analysis Tool and Return of Title IV Funds) and can be used as a training tool for students, parents, and financial aid office staff.

The FAA Access to CPS Online and FAFSA on the Web demo sites will be available for use at http://fafsademo.test.ed.gov in late December 2014. We will post an electronic announcement to alert the community when the sites are “live” and available for use.

Functionality for the ISIR Analysis Tool will be available in April 2015.  The demo system update will occur at the same time we release the 2015-2016 production version of the ISIR Analysis Tool.

Contact Information

The CPS Test System User Guide is available in the “Technical References and Guides” section of the FSAdownload Web site under the “2015-2016” link for “CPS Test System.”

If you have any questions regarding the 2015-2016 CPS Test System User Guide, 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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