Posted Date: October 25, 2012

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

Subject: 2013-2014 CPS Test System User Guide Available on FSAdownload Web Site

We are pleased to announce the posting of the 2013-2014 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 comprises two testing environments: a mainframe test environment and the CPS Web Applications Demonstration (Web Demo) System, located at

Mainframe Test System

The mainframe portion of the CPS Test System is designed for you 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 December 2012.

Note: If changes to the CPS occur between the date the 2013-2014 CPS Test System becomes available and January 2, 2013 (the date the CPS begins processing 2013-2014 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. The log will also indicate updates to the specifications or test cases for 2013-2014.

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 serve 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 December 2012. We will post an electronic announcement to alert the community when the sites are available for use.

Functionality for the ISIR Analysis Tool will be available in June 2013. The demo system update will occur at the same time we release the 2013-2014 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 “2013-2014” link for “CPS Test System.”

If you have any questions regarding the 2013-2014 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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