Posted Date: November 4, 2011

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

Subject: 2012-2013 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System Guide

We are pleased to announce the posting of the 2012-2013 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System guide. This guide provides information about changes and enhancements made to the application processing system for 2012-2013, including the following topics:

  • Major changes to the 2012-2013 application processing system
  • Application processing system schedule for 2012-2013
  • 2012-2013 FAFSA, including information about ordering and distribution of FAFSA on the Web Worksheets
  • 2012-2013 FAFSA on the Web
  • 2012-2013 FAA Access to CPS Online (including Return of Title IV Funds and the ISIR Analysis Tool)
  • 2012-2013 Central Processing System (CPS), including database matches, edits, need analysis, communications sent to students, and other notable changes

In addition to its current availability on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site, the guide will also be available in the next several days from the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at

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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