ED RFI: Modernization of Award Eligibility Determination (AED) Central Processing System

Notice ID: FSA_RFI_AED

“The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gain information on current industry capabilities for creating and implementing a system that can support, in totality, the processing of Federal Student Aid (FSA) applications. FSA plans to modernize its Central Processing System (CPS), which currently receives information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and other federal systems to calculate applicants’ Expected Family Contribution (EFC). FSA will modernize CPS under the Award Eligibility Determination (AED) system, the subject of this RFI.”

“The contractor shall work collaboratively with the IRS, FSA solution developers, and other contractors who are implementing various components under the FUTURE Act on items that include but are not limited to the following:

  • responding to requests for information from the IRS and/or other relevant government agencies/contractors;
  • supporting efforts related to the FA-DDX solution;
  • ensuring the effective and seamless integration of the CCE component with various FUTURE Act solutions, including the enhancement, operations, and maintenance of the CCE;
  • being proactively knowledgeable of all safeguards and cybersecurity; and
  • supporting FSA and other contractors, as needed, with requirements, analysis, and planning efforts that impact any initiatives that involve the IRS.”

“AED will adopt CPS’s operations and maintenance functions, fully replacing CPS. AED will continue to perform the major processes CPS currently performs. CPS receives FAFSA data from students via FAFSA on the Web, the myStudentAid mobile app, from schools via FAA Access to CPS online and Electronic Data Exchange, and mailed applications, which are scanned, imaged, and converted into data fields. CPS cleanses the data and creates calculated data fields given other system inputs. CPS then sends the data onwards to other FSA systems for further analysis and reporting…”

“Integration across the enterprise and potential to further scale solutions: Solutions will need to be integrated with existing and future solutions from multiple vendors that enable the lifecycle of FAFSA processing and compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. Accordingly, all solutions should be implemented with both integration and future scalability in mind, ensuring third parties can ‘plug in’ using common industry tools and allow access to data through industry common interface methods, e.g. APIs.”

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