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November 16, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of the final version of 2019-2020 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers. In this version, all references to the specifications as a "draft" were removed from the document.

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November 2, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of a service release update for EDExpress for Windows 2018-2019, Release 3.0. This service release resolves several software issues in the Pell Grant and Direct Loan modules.

You should run the service release installation file (Express19r31.exe) on all PC workstations in your office that have Release 3.0 installed. You must install Release 3.0 before you can install this service release.

For additional information regarding this service release, see the related electronic announcement posted in November 2018 to the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.

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November 2, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of a service release update for DL Tools, Release 18.0. This service release resolves several import and print software issues in Release 18.0.

You should run the service release installation file (DLTools1801.exe) on all PC workstations in your office that have Release 18.0 installed. You must install Release 18.0 before you can install this service release.

For additional information regarding this service release, see the related electronic announcement posted in November 2018 to the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.

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September 28, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of the 2019-2020 cycle Application and ISIR test files as well as the 2019-2020 Comment Code text to aid users as they prepare for testing of their system with the CPS.

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September 28, 2018
The Department is pleased to announce the release of EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020, Release 1.0. EDExpress is a fully integrated software package provided by the U.S. Department of Education that allows schools to process, package, and manage student financial aid records electronically in an easy-to-use Windows format.

EDExpress 2019-2020, Release 1.0 is the initial software release for the 2019-2020 award cycle and includes Application Processing, Packaging, and Global functionality (such as Security setup, Document Tracking, and User Database). Release 1.0 also includes setup, entry, import, and print functionality for the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.

For important technical information and guidance on new and revised functionality in Release 1.0, see the documentation posted with the software, including the EDExpress 2019-2020 Installation Guide, which includes download and installation instructions, the EDExpress 2019-2020, Release 1.0 Cover Letter, which includes an overview of Release 1.0 enhancements, and the EDExpress 2019-2020, Release 1.0 Desk Reference, which provides step-by-step guidance on Global, Application Processing, Packaging, and Financial Aid Shopping Sheet functionality in the software.

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September 19, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of the Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System.  This guide is designed to meet the reference needs of financial aid administrators (FAAs), programmers, and data processing staff.  In this guide, we describe updates and enhancements to the 2019-2020 application processing system and to the student and school Web products.  We recommend you review the information provided in this guide as some enhancements may require you to modify your office procedures and system operations.

This guide provides information about changes and enhancements made to the application processing system for 2019-2020, including the following topics:

• Major changes to the 2019-2020 application processing system
• Application processing system schedule for 2019-2020
• 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), including information about ordering and distribution of FAFSA on the Web Worksheets
• 2019-2020 FAFSA on the Web
• 2019-2020 FAA Access to CPS Online
• 2019-2020 Central Processing System (CPS), including database matches, edits, need analysis, communications sent to students, and other notable changes

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September 7, 2018
The latest copy of the Perkins Threshold, Error Code, and Field Code (TEF) file is now available on the FSA Download Web site. This file contains any quarterly updates and may be imported into your system, or DataPrep Software, for processing the Load Process Error file. Schools or servicers should ensure that this file is refreshed quarterly.

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September 7, 2018
The latest copy of the Guaranty Agency (GA) Threshold, Error Code, and Field Code (TEF) file is now available on the FSA Download Web site. This file contains any quarterly updates and may be imported into your system, or DataPrep Software, for processing the Load Process Error file. GAs or their servicers should ensure that the file is refreshed at a minimum quarterly.

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September 7, 2018
The latest copy of the Message Table Distribution file (MESSAGTB) is now available on FSADownload. This file will automatically import into your EDconnect software with your next connection to your SAIG mailbox. The new message class table file contains new message classes for the NSLDS.

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September 7, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of the 2019-2020 ISIR Guide.  The ISIR Guide assists Financial Aid Administrators (FAAs) in interpreting student information on the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR).  ISIRs contain processed student information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), as well as key processing results and National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) financial aid history information.  ISIRs are sent electronically to institutions by the Central Processing System (CPS).

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August 31, 2018
We are pleased to announce the posting of the 2019-2020 EDExpress for Windows Packaging Technical Reference.

The EDExpress Packaging Technical Reference provides instructions and record layouts for schools and other organizations that need to integrate their software or systems with the EDExpress 2019-2020 Packaging module (available late September 2018). Record layouts are included for all imports from external systems, such as Packaging Import External Add, Packaging Import External Change, and Packaging Import Add Funds. Packaging module setup guidance and setup worksheets are also provided.

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August 31, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the updated draft version of 2019-2020 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers. In this version of the specifications, we updated the Social Security Tax (SST) calculation tables.

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August 22, 2018
The Department is pleased to announce the posting of the 2018-2019 Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Technical Reference (August 2018 Update).  The 2018-2019 COD Technical Reference consists of multiple volumes that contain development information applicable to the 2018-2019 Award Year.

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August 10, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the release of EDExpress for Windows 2018-2019, Release 3.0. Release 3.0 is the third software release for the 2018-2019 award cycle. It adds new functionality to the Federal Pell Grant (Pell Grant) module that enables you to import Pell Grant School Account Statement (SAS) files and compare the imported SAS data to Pell Grant award, disbursement, and cash data in your EDExpress 2018-2019 database. Release 3.0 also includes updates to import functionality for entrance and exit counseling results for Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant awards and resolves multiple software issues from prior releases.

Along with the Release 3.0 software, we have also posted the EDExpress 2018-2019, Release 3.0 Cover Letter and an updated version of the EDExpress 2018-2019, Release 2.0 Desk Reference. The Release 3.0 Cover Letter describes enhancements to Pell Grant and TEACH Grant modules and other important information. The desk reference provides step-by-step guidance on Pell Grant, Direct Loan, and EDExpress COD functionality, including Pell enhancements added in Release 3.0.

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July 30, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of the 2019-2020 SAR Comment Codes and Text reference guide. The 2019-2020 SAR Comment Codes and Text document is designed as a stand-alone guide, as well as a companion to the 2019-2020 Electronic Data Exchange (EDE) Technical Reference. This guide includes a description of changes to the comments for 2019-2020, and also provides the complete text for all 2019-2020 comments.

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July 30, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the availability of the complete version of the 2019-2020 Electronic Data Exchange (EDE) Technical Reference.

This technical reference provides sufficient programmer specifications, record layouts and other detailed information for schools or other organizations that need to design systems or software to interface with FSA’s application processing system and/or EDExpress software. The EDExpress software is provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for sending and receiving Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) data.

This posting adds 2019-2020 versions of the Cover, Table of Contents, Change History log, Overview, EDE Processing, Processing Codes, and Printing sections. We also included the Record Layouts and Processing Codes sections, which were posted originally in May 2018, in this posting.

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June 29, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of the draft version of 2019-2020 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers.

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June 29, 2018
We are pleased to announce the posting of the 2019-2020 CPS Test System User Guide. This guide provides instructions for using Federal Student Aid’s Central Processing System (CPS) Test System, which includes two testing environments: a mainframe test environment and the CPS Web Applications Demonstration System, located at fafsademo.test.ed.gov.

The mainframe portion of the CPS Test System is designed to test application and correction data processing between your system and the CPS outside the production environment. The Web portion of the CPS Test System contains demo versions of both the FAFSA on the Web and FAA Access to CPS Online Web sites. Both testing environments will be available in late September 2018.

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June 29, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of Direct Loan (DL) Tools for Windows, Release 18.0, a supplemental software product for Direct Loan participants. Release 18.0 contains functionality for the 2018-2019 cycle only.

All Direct Loan schools can use the Compare and Cash Management functionality. The Rebuild function is used by schools to rebuild accepted Direct Loan records in EDExpress for Windows databases. However, non-EDExpress users can export data from a rebuilt EDExpress database to recreate non-EDExpress loans or databases.

Note: We redesigned DL Tools for 2018-2019 to implement software enhancements that improve usability and increase security.  For important technical information and guidance on new and revised functionality, see the documentation posted with Release 18.0, including the DL Tools Release 18.0 Installation Guide, which includes download and installation instructions, and the DL Tools, Release 18.0 Cover Letter, which includes a list of enhancements.

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June 22, 2018
The latest version of the NSLDS Perkins DataPrep software is now available on the FSAdownload website. The updated software is compatible with Windows 2000 or later.

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June 20, 2018
The Department is pleased to announce the posting of the 2018-2019 Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Technical Reference (June 2018 Update).  The 2018-2019 COD Technical Reference consists of multiple volumes that contain development information applicable to the 2018-2019 Award Year.

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June 8, 2018
The latest copy of the Perkins Threshold, Error Code, and Field Code (TEF) file is now available on the FSA Download Web site. This file contains any quarterly updates and may be imported into your system, or DataPrep Software, for processing the Load Process Error file. Schools or servicers should ensure that this file is refreshed quarterly.

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June 8, 2018
The latest copy of the Guaranty Agency (GA) Threshold, Error Code, and Field Code (TEF) file is now available on the FSA Download Web site. This file contains any quarterly updates and may be imported into your system, or DataPrep Software, for processing the Load Process Error file. GAs or their servicers should ensure that the file is refreshed at a minimum quarterly.

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June 1, 2018
The latest copy of the Message Table Distribution file (MESSAGTB) is now available on FSADownload. This file will automatically import into your EDconnect software with your next connection to your SAIG mailbox. The new message class table file contains new message classes for the CPS and COD systems.

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May 25, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the release of EDExpress for Windows 2018-2019, Release 2.0. Release 2.0 is the second software release for the 2018-2019 award cycle. Release 2.0 adds full Federal Pell Grant, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) functionality. It also includes Application Processing, Packaging, and Global functionality (such as Security setup, Document Tracking, and User Database) already available in Release 1.0.

Along with the Release 2.0 software, we have also posted the EDExpress 2018-2019, Release 2.0 Cover Letter and the EDExpress 2018-2019, Release 2.0 Desk Reference. The Release 2.0 Cover Letter describes enhancements to Pell Grant, TEACH Grant, Direct Loan, and EDExpress Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) functionality and other important information. The desk reference provides step-by-step guidance on Pell Grant, Direct Loan, and EDExpress COD functionality added in Release 2.0.

Note: We redesigned the EDExpress software for 2018-2019 to implement software enhancements that improve usability, increase security, and eliminate outdated functionality.  For important technical information and guidance on new and revised functionality, see the documentation posted with Release 2.0 and the EDExpress 2018-2019 Installation Guide.

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May 16, 2018
The Department is pleased to announce the posting of the 2018-2019 Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Technical Reference (May 2018 Update).  The 2018-2019 COD Technical Reference consists of multiple volumes that contain development information applicable to the 2018-2019 Award Year.

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May 11, 2018
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the availability of the draft 2019-2020 Electronic Data Exchange (EDE) Technical Reference. This draft includes the Record Layouts and that Processing Codes sections.

The Electronic Data Exchange (EDE) Technical Reference provides sufficient programmer specifications and information to design or build your own software to complement or take the place of the EDExpress software provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for sending and receiving Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) data.  The EDE Technical Reference includes information about record layouts, required edits, print assistance, and reject messages that are applicable for electronic FAFSAs, Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs), electronic corrections, and signature records.

The following record layouts are included in this draft:

• EDE Record Level Error Report Import Record Layout
• ISIR Record Description/Data Dictionary
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application Export Record Layout
• Correction Export Record Layout
• Signature Record Export Record Layout

The ISIR Cross-Reference in the Processing Codes section compares the fields in the 2018-2019 ISIR Record Layout with the fields in the 2019-2020 ISIR Record Layout and is organized by the 2018-2019 fields.

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April 23, 2018
The latest copy of the Message Table Distribution file (MESSAGTB) is now available on FSADownload. This file will automatically import into your EDconnect software with your next connection to your SAIG mailbox. The new message class table file contains new message classes for the COD systems.

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March 7, 2018
The latest copy of the Perkins Threshold, Error Code, and Field Code (TEF) file is now available on the FSA Download Web site. This file contains any quarterly updates and may be imported into your system, or DataPrep Software, for processing the Load Process Error file. Schools or servicers should ensure that this file is refreshed quarterly.

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March 7, 2018
The latest copy of the Guaranty Agency (GA) Threshold, Error Code, and Field Code (TEF) file is now available on the FSA Download Web site. This file contains any quarterly updates and may be imported into your system, or DataPrep Software, for processing the Load Process Error file. GAs or their servicers should ensure that the file is refreshed at a minimum quarterly.

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January 10, 2018
The latest version of the NSLDS GA DataPrep software is now available on the FSAdownload website. The updated software is compatible with Windows 2000 or later.

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