Federal Student Aid - IFAP
PublicationDate: 6/1/99
Summary: Y2K Testing with the CPS
Author: CPS - Central Processing System (CPS)

Posted on June 1, 1999

TO: All Destination Points
FROM: U.S. Department of Education
RE: Y2K Testing with the CPS

CPS will be available to your school for Y2K testing. Two six-week sessions have been
scheduled for this activity. The first session is June 1 - July
12 , 1999. The second session
is August 9 - September
20 , 1999.

The Y2K test consists of entering FAFSA information for twelve test cases.
These test cases are in Adobe PDF format and may be downloaded from the ED
web page at

In order to ensure each school's test data is processed separately, you
will enter your Federal School Code as the first six digits of the SSN on
each test case. (If your Federal School Code begins with a letter and
your system will not accept non-numeric data in this field, enter the
number 9 instead of the letter.) For the last three digits of the SSN,
use the sequential number between 001 and 012 that is written on the test

For this test exercise, use a system date of February 29, 2000, and
transmit the data to CPS using the input file message class YR2K00IN.
Three types of output files will be generated by CPS and transmitted to
you via the Title IV WAN during the test: the error file (message class
Y2KE00OP), a Y2K discrepancy file (message class Y2KD00OP), and a Y2K ISIR
file (message class Y2KA00OP).

CPS will perform data quality checks on your data. If there are errors or
discrepancies, you will receive an error and/or discrepancy file. You
can submit test files as often as you need to during the six-week test
window until the data is error-free.

When you receive the Y2K ISIR file, you will have completed the Y2K
testing successfully. Transmission of the error, discrepancy, and ISIR
files will take place during prime time to avoid interference with
production data transmissions.

Further information about the CPS Y2K testing procedures can be accessed
via the ED web page at

If you require assistance, please contact CPS Customer Service at
800-330-5947, option 2, or via email at CPS@ NCS.COM. You will not be
charged for CPS Y2K test-related calls or emails.