We implemented the following enhancements to the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site for 2013-2014:
Application (FAFSA/Renewal/Correction) Entry
The following enhancements were implemented in FAA Access for 2013-2014:
- High School Questions – Questions 27a through 27d (“Student’s High School Name,” “Student’s High School City,” “Student’s High School State,” and “Student’s High School Code”) are now required for all applicants who indicate that they have a high school diploma, regardless of their year in school. As such, the instructional text for these questions has been modified in FAA Application Entry and FAA Correction Entry to remove the guidance to complete the questions only if the student is a freshman.
Student Inquiry/ISIR Compare/eSAR
The following enhancements were implemented in Student Inquiry, ISIR Compare, and the eSAR (PDF and HTML) for 2013-2014:
- NSLDS Unusual Enrollment History Flag – Beginning with the 2013-2014 cycle, a new NSLDS Unusual Enrollment History Flag displays in FAA Access to indicate when a student’s record contains unusual enrollment history information. A new edit generates SAR comments 358 to 360 if the applicant has unusual enrollment history information; a C flag will display for SAR comments 359 or 360. In Student Inquiry, the comment codes are listed in the “Match Flags” section of the “FAA Information” page, and the text related to the comment codes displays on the “Comments” page. On the eSAR, the comment codes are listed in the “For Financial Aid Office Use Only” section, and the text related to the comment codes displays in the “Comments About Your Information” section. The comment codes are also listed in ISIR Compare.
The flag’s values are as follows:
- Blank = Record not sent for match
- N = No problem
- 1 = Unusual enrollment history 1
- 2 = Unusual enrollment history 2
- 3 = Unusual enrollment history 3
In addition, if the student has an unusual enrollment history, then a new code (24 – Unusual enrollment history status change) will now display in the “NSLDS Post-screening Reasons” field on the “FAA Information” page in Student Inquiry, in ISIR Compare, and in the “For Financial Aid Office Use Only” section on the eSAR.
- Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used and Pell Lifetime Limit Flag – A recent federal law limits the amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his/her lifetime to the equivalent of six school years. This information is reported to the National Student Load Data System, and displays as a percentage on the student’s record as the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used. Because the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student may receive each year is 100%, the full six-year equivalent is 600%. (It should be noted that some students might have already exceeded the 600% threshold prior to the new law’s implementation; these students will show Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used percentages greater than 600%.)
The Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used field is new for the 2013-2014 cycle. A new edit generates SAR comments 349 to 357 to indicate the percentage of Federal Pell Grant funding the student has used in his/her lifetime, as well as the equivalent number of school years for which the student has received Federal Pell Grant funding.
In addition, the Pell Lifetime Limit Flag—also new for the 2013-2014 cycle—indicates if the student is close to or has exceeded his/her maximum lifetime Federal Pell Grant funding limit. A new edit generates SAR comments 345 to 347 if the student has a high Pell percentage, is close to the Pell limit, or has met or exceeded the Pell limit; a C flag will display for SAR comments 346 or 347.
The Pell Lifetime Limit Flag values include:
- Blank = Record not sent
- H = High Pell percentage. Student has received Pell Grants for the equivalent of between four and five school years.
- C = Close to Pell limit. Student has received Pell Grants close to the cumulative total. Eligibility for additional Pell Grants may be limited.
- E = Met or exceeded Pell limit. Student received Pell Grants equal to or exceeding the cumulative total.
- N = No problem. Student has either not received Pell Grants or has received Pell Grants for less than the equivalent of four school years.
The comment codes for both the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used and the Pell Lifetime Limit Flag display in Student Inquiry in the “Match Flags” section of the “FAA Information” page; on the eSAR in the “For Financial Aid Office Use Only” section; and in ISIR Compare. The text related to the comment codes display on the “Comments” page in Student Inquiry and in the “Comments About Your Information” section of the eSAR.
- Verification Selection Change Flag – The Verification Select Flag was renamed the Verification Selection Change Flag in both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 cycles. As in prior cycles, the Verification Selection Change Flag displays in the “Application Flags” section of the “FAA Information” page in Student Inquiry and in the “For Financial Aid Office Use Only” section of the eSAR; with this change, it now displays in ISIR Compare as well.
In addition, the flag’s valid display values were modified as follows:
- Y = Transaction is now selected for verification when the transaction being corrected was not selected
- Verification Tracking Flag – For 2013-2014, we modified the values that display for the Verification Tracking Flag, which displays in the “Application Flags” section of the “FAA Information” page in Student Inquiry, in ISIR Compare, and in the “For Financial Aid Office Use Only” section of the eSAR. Whereas the Verification Tracking Flag previously displayed a number between 0000 and 9999 (or blank) to indicate the priority of the criteria the CPS used to select applicants for verification, the Verification Tracking Flag now uses a code system to indicate the verification selection group for which the student record was selected. The flag’s values include:
- blank = Not selected for verification
- V1 = Standard Verification
- V2 = SNAP Verification
- V3 = Child Support Paid Verification
- V4 = Custom Verification
- V5 = Aggregate Verification
- Verification Tool Disabled – The Verification Tool has been disabled for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 cycles. The Verification Tool link has been removed from the FAA Access Main Menu, and the Verification Tool button no longer displays in Student Inquiry.