Posted Date: December 27, 2011

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

Subject: 2012-2013 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers (Updated December 2011 Draft)

We are pleased to announce the posting of an update to the 2012-2013 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers.

The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 made several changes to the Title IV student assistance programs.  Among them is a reduction in the maximum income that makes an applicant eligible for an automatic zero Expected Family Contribution (auto zero EFC).  Prior to this change the income threshold for the 2012-2013 award year would have been $32,000.  Under the amended law that amount will be $23,000.

Therefore, in this version of the 2012-2013 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers we updated the parameter for the Auto Zero EFC edits (3005-3008, 3013-3020) from $32,000 to $23,000.

Among the other provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 is a change to the calculation of eligibility for a student to receive the minimum Federal Pell Grant (Pell Grant) award.  This change results in a maximum EFC for a 2012-2013 Pell Grant award of 4995.  Details on the changed calculation for determining an applicant’s eligibility for the minimum award, as well as the 2012-2013 Pell Grant payment and disbursement schedules, will be provided within the next two weeks.

Please monitor the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site for additional information about other impacts of the Consolidated Appropriations Act on the Title IV student assistance programs.

In addition to their current availability on the IFAP Web site, the specifications are now available on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at https://www.fsadownload.ed.gov.

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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