April 4, 2019
FinAid – Ever changing and ALWAYS challenging.
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Rob Wright,  rwright@getfasolutions.com
Pam Notemyer Rogers, pnotemyer@getfasolutions.com

Please note that deadlines and event dates noted in all of our newsletters are always subject to change as determined by the Department of Education.

Important Note:  FA Solutions‘ Fed-Updates Newsletter updates are excerpts from original announcements posted on the IFAP website so please review the entire update by clicking the link included with each posting. We’re not able to include all Federal updates and deadlines, but you will find additional information on the IFAP website

Training Resource – Upcoming Change to Federal Student Aid E-Training Web Address:  On April 2, 2019, Federal Student Aid issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to announce an upcoming change to the web address for the Federal Student Aid E-Training website. The change will be implemented on April 16, 2019. The DCL also includes instructions for current and new users of the website. Please review the DCL-ANN-19-01 for additional information.

2019-20 Final Funding Authorizations for the Campus-Based Programs: In a January 31, 2019 Electronic Announcement, Federal Student Aid (FSA) informed schools of tentative 2019–20 funding levels for the Campus-Based programs. Earlier this month FSA announced that final 2019–20 Campus-Based programs funding worksheets and the 2019–20 Statement of Account for each of the Campus-Based programs have been posted to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Web Site. For additional information, please review the April 1, 2019 electronic announcement.

Upcoming Implementation of myFAFSA Enhancements (Updated March 29, 2019): Federal Student Aid updated a March 22, 2019 electronic announcement to provide an updated release date of April 14, 2019 for myFAFSA enhancements. The enhancements will impact user messaging, signature process update, masking of the social security number field, and changes to the FSA ID. Please review the updated announcement for additional information.

Upcoming Enhancements to the FSA ID (Updated March 29, 2019): Federal Student Aid (FSA) recently updated a March 20, 2019 electronic announcement to provide an updated release date of April 14, 2019 for FSA ID enhancements. The FSA ID—a user-created username and password—is required for students, parents, and borrowers to authenticate their identity and access their federal student aid information online. The websites and applications that use an FSA ID to log in are fafsa.gov, the myStudentAid mobile app, StudentLoans.gov, NSLDS Student Access, StudentAid.gov, the Application for Borrower Defense to Loan Repayment, and the Federal Student Aid Feedback System. One of the enhancements will allow FSA ID users to log in with a verified mobile phone number as an alternative to a username. Other updates will allow users to manage their FSA ID account more effectively, provide enhanced navigation, and strengthen security. Please review the March 20, 2019 electronic announcement for additional information.

Note: Due to space limitations for content in this newsletter, we are providing only IFAP web links to the following updates. Please click on the title to access the update.


  • 2019-03-29 Availability of EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020, Release 2.0
  • 2019-03-29 Program File Available for EDExpress 2018-2019, Release 3.0 to Resolve Pell Grant YTD Import Issue
  • 2019-03-28 IFAP Update – Upcoming Transition of FSAdownload Content and Financial Partners Portal to IFAP Website


  • 2019-04-03 – Comment Request; 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • 2019-03-22 – Notification of Revised Schedule of Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Meetings
  • 2019-03-19 – Announcement of Effective Date of 2016 Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulation

INFORMATION PAGES FOR SCHOOLS TO MONITOR WEEKLY: The list below represents just a few of the information pages available on the IFAP website. Please review the organization’s website for additional guidance, resources, deadlines, and information related to the administration and processing of Title IV federal student aid.

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Rob Wright
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