Posted Date: October 31, 2011

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

Subject: Reminder: Submit 2011-2012 SAR and ISIR Corrections by January 6, 2012 in Preparation for 2012-2013 Renewal Reminder Distribution

In preparation for the 2012-2013 Renewal Reminder distribution, we are reminding all schools to update 2011-2012 Student Aid Report (SAR) and Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) transactions for their students with current e-mail and mailing addresses by January 6, 2012.

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for a 2012-2013 renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 6, 2012, will be sent a Renewal Reminder e-mail or a Renewal Reminder letter between January 13 and February 10, 2012.

What is the Renewal Reminder?

The Renewal Reminder is an important alert for renewal-eligible students, reminding them that they can use FAFSA on the Web to reapply for aid. We encourage schools to work with students to ensure the most current e-mail and mailing address information is present on 2011-2012 transactions and to submit any other pending corrections that may be preventing the student from being renewal-eligible for 2012-2013, such as resolving rejected transactions.

Who is Eligible for a Renewal Reminder?

Renewal-eligible students must have a “good” match with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to qualify for a Renewal Reminder. A “good” match occurs when the student’s Social Security Number (SSN), name, and date of birth all match SSA’s records and the student received a match flag of “4.” A successful match result indicates that the student has previously been sent a Federal Student Aid PIN, which is required to access renewal data on FAFSA on the Web, and the student should therefore be sent a Renewal Reminder.

What Type of Renewal Reminder Will a Student Receive?

Renewal-eligible students who provide valid e-mail addresses on their 2011-2012 records will be sent 2012-2013 Renewal Reminder e-mails.

Renewal-eligible students whose 2011-2012 records do not have e-mail addresses, or whose Renewal Reminder e-mails have been returned as undeliverable, will be mailed 2012-2013 Renewal Reminder letters, provided there is a deliverable mailing address.

Note: A student will receive a Spanish 2012-2013 Renewal Reminder if the 2011-2012 transaction that is renewal-eligible was created from a Spanish application.

Contact Information

If you have questions, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at


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