Posted Date: November 1, 2012

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

Subject: Reminder: Submit 2012-2013 SAR and ISIR Corrections by January 8, 2013 in Preparation for 2013-2014 Renewal Reminder Distribution

In preparation for the 2013-2014 Renewal Reminder distribution, we are reminding all schools to update 2012-2013 Student Aid Report (SAR) and Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) transactions for their students with a current e-mail address by January 8, 2013.

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for a 2013-2014 renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 8, 2013, will be sent a Renewal Reminder e-mail between January 13 and February 10, 2013.

Important Note: Beginning with the 2013-2014 processing cycle, we are discontinuing all paper Renewal Reminders. In prior cycles, paper Renewal Reminder letters would be mailed to students who did not provide an e-mail address on their FAFSA. Removing the paper letter option reinforces our ongoing effort to emphasize electronic communication over postal mail. For more information regarding enhancements we implemented to FAFSA on the Web and the PIN Web site in July and September 2012 to improve the overall usability and navigation of our Web sites, encourage applicant self-service, and increase e-mail communication, see the June 28, 2012 electronic announcement on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.

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. Renewal-eligible students who provide valid e-mail addresses on their 2012-2013 records will be sent 2013-2014 Renewal Reminder e-mails.

Note: A student will receive a Spanish 2013-2014 Renewal Reminder if the 2012-2013 transaction that is renewal-eligible was created from a Spanish application.

We encourage schools to work with students to ensure the most current e-mail address is present on 2012-2013 transactions and to submit any other pending corrections that may be preventing the student from being renewal-eligible for 2013-2014, 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.”

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 CPSSAIG@ed.gov.

   

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