Posted Date: December 29, 2011

Author:  Pamela Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: OUTAGE ALERT- Federal Student Aid Web Site and System Outages Scheduled for December 31, 2011 - January 1, 2012

During the period December 31, 2011 – January 1, 2012, we plan to implement additional system updates to the Central Processing System (CPS) and related Web sites for the 2012-2013 Award Year. These updates will allow us to implement some of the changes made to the Title IV student assistance programs by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012. We provided preliminary operational implementation guidance related to these changes in a December 27, 2011 Electronic Announcement posted on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.

Please review the information below and evaluate impact on your school or organization during the period when the affected Web sites will be unavailable. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete the required activities.

Web Site Impact from 8:00 P.M. (ET) Saturday, December 31, 2011 until 1:00 A.M. (ET) Sunday, January 1, 2012

From 8:00 P.M. (ET) on Saturday, December 31, 2011 until 1:00 A.M. (ET) on Sunday, January 1, 2012, users will be unable to access many of our Web sites. Users attempting to access an impacted Web site during this period will receive an error message informing them that the page cannot be found or that the site is unavailable due to maintenance.

  • CPS Web Applications Demo System (FAA Access to CPS Online Demo and FAFSA Demo)
  • FAA Access to CPS Online (including ISIR Analysis Tool and R2T4 on the Web)
  • FAFSA4caster
  • FAFSA on the Web

We apologize for the inconvenience these outages may cause and appreciate your patience as we complete these important upgrades.


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