JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2019-20 FAFSA Completion

(Last Updated: November 12, 2019)

Important Dates

The important dates are listed in chronological order by month, with the newest information listed first. As new information about the 2019-20 application processing cycle becomes available, it is added to the appropriate month in this section. Browse this page periodically to find out what's new.

November 2019

2019-20 FSA Handbook Volume 6 - Campus Based Programs

October 2019

Federal Student Aid Systems User Access Issue and Resolution

SAVE Instructions for U.S. Department of Education (School) Users Version 3.0 Available

Federal Student Aid Posts New Reports to FSA Data Center

September 2019

2019-20 FSA Handbook - Withdrawals and the Return of Title IV Funds

August 2019

2019-20 FSA Handbook - Volume 3 - Calculating Awards and Packaging

2019-20 FSA Handbook Volume 1 - Student Eligibility

TECHNOLOGY SECURITY ALERT Exploitation of Ellucian Banner System Vulnerability Update #1

July 2019

Fundamentals of Federal Student Aid Administration

TECHNOLOGY SECURITY ALERT Exploitation of Ellucian Banner System Vulnerability

Information Request to Ensure Access to FSA Systems and Websites

June 2019

Federal Student Aid System Access Changes for Professional Users

IRS Announces End to Faxing and Third-Party Mailings of Tax Transcripts

2019-20 FSA Handbook - Application and Verification Guide

May 2019

Upcoming Federal Student Aid System Access Changes for Professional Users

Upcoming Transition of FSAdownload Content and Financial Partners Portal to IFAP Website (Updated May 17, 2019)

Memorial Day Federal Holiday Processing and Customer Service Hours

Additional Enhancements to the FSA ID

April 2019

Recommendations: What Postsecondary Institutions Should Work to Avoid When Issuing Financial Aid Offers

IFAP Update – Upcoming Transition of FSAdownload Content and Financial Partners Portal to IFAP Website (Updated April 17, 2019)

OUTAGE ALERT G5 System Outage April 24-29, 2019 Impact to Federal Student Aid Processing and on Funds Availability for Title IV Programs

March 2019

Upcoming Implementation of myFAFSA Enhancements

Upcoming Enhancements to the FSA ID

Reminder of Valid Signature Rules for Printed FAFSA Signature Pages

February 2019

Resend Record to Matches Functionality Available in FAA Access to CPS Online to Streamline SAVE Third Step Verification Process

Federal Student Aid Implementation of 2019-20 Federal Pell Grant Payment and Disbursement Schedules

2019-20 CPS Test System User Guide

CPS Resumes Selective Service System Match on January 31, 2019

January 2019

Login Requirement for CPS Web Applications Demonstration System to be Removed on
January 20, 2019

2019-20 College Financing Plan (Shopping Sheet)

Changes to 2018-19 and 2019-20 Verification Requirements

CPS Processing Without Selective Service System Match During Partial Government Shutdown

OUTAGE ALERT – IRS DRT Outages on January 6 and 12, 2019

December 2018

2019-20 myFAFSA Preview Presentation

October 2018

FAFSA and the DRT - Dear Colleague Letters and Electronic Announcements

2019-20 FAFSA Email Campaign Launch

2019-20 fafsa.gov Preview Presentation

2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ), FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, and the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23

IRS Announced Updated Tax Transcripts Redacting Sensitive Information

2019-20 SAR and SAR Acknowledgement Mock-ups

2019-20 FAFSA Form and myStudentAid Mobile App are Now Available

Availability of 2019-20 CPS Web Applications Demonstration (Web Demo) System and 2019-2020 CPS Mainframe Test System

You can access the 2019-20 version of the Web Demo System using the following user name and password:

User Name: eddemo
Password: fafsatest

The User Name and Password fields are case sensitive.

Availability of 2019–20 CPS Test System Data Files and Comment Code Text

September 2018

FSA Posts New Reports to FSA Data Center

2019-20 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System Guide

No Records Found Issue Resolved in DHS-SAVE System

2019-20 ISIR Guide

August 2018

2019-20 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Formula Guide

Reminder: Update on Printing and Distribution of FSA Publications

July 2018

2019-20 SAR Comment Codes and Text Guide

2019-20 Final EDE Technical Reference

June 2018

2019–2020 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers (June 2018 Draft)

2019–20 Verification Suggested Text Package

Availability of MyStudentData Download Guide for 2019–20 FAFSA

March 2018

2019–20 FAFSA® Information to be Verified and Acceptable Documentation

2019-20 FAFSA Information to be Verified