Posted Date: October 20, 2009

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

Subject: 2010-2011 CPS Test System User Guide Available on FSAdownload Web Site

Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of the 2010-2011 CPS Test System User Guide on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at

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 .

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. See the “If You Have Questions” section at the end of this message for CPS/SAIG Technical Support contact information.

The mainframe portion of the CPS Test System will be available the week of November 23, 2009.

Note: If changes to the CPS occur between the date the 2010-2011 CPS Test System becomes available and January 4, 2010 (the date the CPS begins processing 2010-2011 data), the changes will be incorporated into the mainframe test system as they are identified and resolved. We will post an Issues Log in Microsoft Excel format to the FSAdownload Web site listing issues or changes to the mainframe test 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 2010-2011.

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 in mid-December 2009. We will post an electronic announcement to alert the community when the sites are “live” and available for use.

The demo version of the ISIR Analysis Tool will be available beginning in May 2010, shortly after the release of the 2010-2011 production version of the ISIR Analysis Tool.

If You Have Questions

The CPS Test System User Guide, along with a file of test application data and its corresponding test ISIR file, is available in the “Technical References and Guides” section of the FSAdownload Web site.

If you have any questions regarding the 2010-2011 CPS Test System User Guide, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806), or by e-mail at


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