Posted Date: November 12, 2015

Author:  Jeff Baker, Director, Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Listing of Colleges on ISIRs

In response to concerns that some institutions have been using the list of colleges that a student includes on their FAFSA for purposes unrelated to the awarding of student financial assistance, beginning with the 2016-2017 FAFSA, the Department will only provide the Federal School code and corresponding housing code for the institution receiving the student's ISIR. This means that only the receiving institution's information will be included on the ISIR in fields #141 and #142, respectively. The remaining college codes and housing code fields (ISIR Fields # 143 – 160) will be blank, as will the Electronic Federal School Code Indicator (Field #370), the FAA Federal School Code (Field #170), and the Multi School Code Flags (Field #372). The Electronic Transaction Indicator (ETI) Flag (Field #371) will be set to the ETI flag of the school receiving the ISIR.

Information about all of the colleges listed by the student will continue to be included on ISIRs provided to state grant agencies, as well as on the Student Aid Report (SAR) provided to the student. Institutions may not require students to submit SARs to the institution.

Thank you for your understanding as we work together to ensure that information provided by students on the FAFSA is used only for legitimate student aid purposes.

Sincerely,

Jeff Baker
Federal Student Aid
U.S. Department of Education

   

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