Posted Date: November 4, 2009

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

Subject: Reminder: Submit 2009-2010 SAR and ISIR Corrections by January 11, 2010 in Preparation for 2010-2011 Renewal Reminder Distribution

In preparation for the 2010-2011 Renewal Reminder distribution, Federal Student Aid is reminding all schools to update 2009-2010 Student Aid Report (SAR) and Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) transactions for their students with current e-mail and mailing addresses by January 11, 2010. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for a 2010-2011 renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 11, 2010, will be sent a Renewal Reminder e-mail or a Renewal Reminder letter between January 15 and February 15, 2010.

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. Federal Student Aid encourages schools to work with students to ensure the most current e-mail and mailing address information is present on 2009-2010 transactions and to submit any pending corrections to data that may be preventing the student from being renewal-eligible for 2010-2011, 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.

Also, students who submit a FAFSA4caster record prior to January 11, 2010 and are age 16 or older as of January 1, 2010 will be eligible to submit a 2010-2011 renewal application using FAFSA on the Web and will be sent a Renewal Reminder with customized text.

What Type of Renewal Reminder Will a Student Receive?

Renewal-eligible students who provide valid e-mail addresses on their 2009-2010 records will be sent 2010-2011 Renewal Reminder e-mails.

Renewal-eligible students whose 2009-2010 records do not have e-mail addresses, or whose Renewal Reminder e-mails have been returned as undeliverable, will be mailed 2010-2011 Renewal Reminder letters, provided there is a deliverable mailing address.

Note: Students will receive Spanish 2010-2011 Renewal Reminders if the 2009-2010 transaction that is renewal-eligible was created from a Spanish application.

Contact Information

For further information on the 2010-2011 renewal application process, see the 2010-2011 Student Web Application Products Process Guide, which will be available in November 2009 on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site and the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site.

If you have any 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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