Federal Student Aid - IFAP

Publication Date: October 25, 2005

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

Summary: Availability of CPS Test System User Guide for 2006-2007

Posted on 10-25-2005

The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the posting of the CPS Test System User Guide for 2006-2007. The CPS Test System User Guide describes the CPS Test System, which is designed to allow schools to test electronic application and/or correction data from their systems with the Central Processing System (CPS). Test files of application records and matching Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) are available for use during testing. As an alternative, schools can submit application and renewal records they have created to match the school's expected results. The CPS Test System will be available the week of November 21, 2005.

Note: Changes may occur to the CPS between the date the 2006-2007 CPS Test System is made available and January 3, 2006, the date the CPS goes into production for 2006-2007. An issues log will be posted to FSAdownload documenting any changes that are made.

The CPS Test System also has demonstration versions of FAFSA on the Web and FAA Access to CPS Online. The 2006-2007 demonstration sites will be available on November 28, 2005. Please refer to the User Guide for more details about the demonstration sites.

The CPS Test System User Guide, along with a file of test application data and its corresponding test ISIR file, are available at the Department's Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at http://FSAdownload.ed.gov.

To view and/or download the document from FSAdownload:

1) Go to http://FSAdownload.ed.gov.
2) Click on the "Technical References & Guides" link on the home page.
3) On the next page, scroll down to "CPS Test System" and click on the "2006-2007" link.
4) Select the "Adobe Format" link on the following page to view the document, or right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As…" or "Save Link As…" from the pop-up menu to save the document to your hard drive.
5) Once you have saved the file, open the file in Adobe Acrobat to view or print the document.

For questions about the CPS Test System User Guide, please contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TYY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.