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June 12, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of Direct Loan (DL) Tools for Windows, Release 15.0, a supplemental software product for Direct Loan participants. Release 15.0 contains functionality for the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 cycles.

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.

In addition to the software, the DL Tools Release 15.0 Cover Letter and the DL Tools Release 15.0 Installation Guide are available for download. These documents contain important information regarding DL Tools functionality, enhancements, and installation that you should review.

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June 5, 2015
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 NSLDS.

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May 15, 2015
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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May 15, 2015
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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April 24, 2015
The Department is pleased to announce the posting of the April 2015 updates to the 2015-2016 Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Technical Reference. The 2015-2016 COD Technical Reference consists of multiple volumes that contain development information applicable to the 2015-2016 Award Year.

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April 24, 2015
The Department is pleased to announce the posting of the April 2015 updates to the 2014-2015 Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Technical Reference. The 2014-2015 COD Technical Reference consists of multiple volumes that contain development information applicable to the 2014-2015 Award Year.

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April 17, 2015
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of a service release update for EDExpress for Windows 2014-2015, Release 3.0. This service release implements several enhancements to the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) module for the 2014-2015 award cycle, including the ability to print an import edit report for the new Credit Status Response (CRCS15OP) for Direct PLUS and Grad PLUS loans and revisions to data edits for adjustments to Disbursement Date, Payment Period Start Date, and Loan Period Start/End Date values.

You should run the service release installation file (Express15r31.exe) on all PC workstations in your office that have EDExpress 2014-2015, Release 3.0 installed. If you do not process Direct Loan records using EDExpress 2014-2015, you can skip the installation of this service release.

For additional information regarding this service release, see the related electronic announcement posted in April 2015 to the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.

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April 17, 2015
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the release of EDExpress for Windows 2015-2016, Release 2.0. Release 2.0 is the second software release for the 2015-2016 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, as well as 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 2015-2016, Release 2.0 Cover Letter and the EDExpress 2015-2016, 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.

If you have any questions regarding installing Release 2.0, review the EDExpress for Windows 2015-2016 Installation Guide.

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April 17, 2015
The URL to the TDCM web portal has been updated. The new link is https://www.saigportal.ed.gov/tdcm and the previous link is no longer accessible. To ensure access to the TDCM portal, please remove old bookmarks and replace with https://www.saigportal.ed.gov/tdcm.

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March 30, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce that the 2015-2016 CPS Test System files have been updated to reflect the changes made to the maximum EFC. The maximum Pell Grant Eligible EFC from 2015-2016 has been revised from 5157 to 5198. Users may be interested in testing with CPS if they develop their own software or are a software development company supplying schools with software that sends data to, and receives data from, the CPS.

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March 6, 2015
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 NSLDS and CPS.

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March 6, 2015
New versions of SAIG software are now available for download via FSADownload website. EDconnect 8.4 and TDClient 3.2.2 include upgrades to support IPv6 connections and file transfers. Please Note! This is not a mandatory install for users. Additionally, the TDCM website has been upgraded from using TOMCAT application server to JBOSS. Users will notice a new look and feel when navigating the website.

New versions of the Host Communications, TDCM and EDconnect Installation and User Guides can be found posted to FSADownload.

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February 27, 2015
We have replaced the NSLDS Gainful Employment Spreadsheet Submittal Format (Excel file), originally posted to FSAdownload on February 13, 2015. We have adjusted the spreadsheet’s settings, allowing users to cut, copy, and paste if needed. No other changes have been made to the file.

If you have any questions, please contact the NSLDS Customer Support Center at 800/999-8219, 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. (ET) or by e-mail at nslds@ed.gov.

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February 13, 2015
We are pleased to announce the posting of the updated NSLDS Gainful Employment Spreadsheet Submittal Format. One of the methods that schools can use to submit gainful employment data and corrections to previously reported data, to the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) is using the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. The NSLDS Gainful Employment Spreadsheet Submittal Format is available to assist with the online upload process. The format is designed to be used with a columnar spreadsheet application and allows for a total file size limit up to 1,000 KB (1 MB) to be loaded at a time. Any file size over this limit will cause the spreadsheet to be rejected. File size varies depending on the version of software used. After the school adds gainful employment information to the spreadsheet, the school then uploads and transfers the data to the NSLDS Professional Access Web site.

If you have any questions, please contact the NSLDS Customer Support Center at 800/999-8219, 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. (ET) or by e-mail at nslds@ed.gov.

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February 13, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce that the 2015-2016 CPS Test System files have been updated to reflect the changes made to the Reject 20 parameters.  The Reject 20 edits have been updated based on the release of IRS Publication 17 for the minimum incomes required for filing taxes in 2014.  Users may be interested in testing with CPS if they develop their own software or are a software development company supplying schools with software that sends data to, and receives data from, the CPS.

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February 13, 2015
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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February 13, 2015
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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February 6, 2015
The Department is pleased to announce the posting of the February 2015 updates to the 2015-2016 Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Technical Reference. The 2015-2016 COD Technical Reference consists of multiple volumes that contain development information applicable to the 2015-2016 Award Year.

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January 28, 2015
Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the posting of the final version of 2015-2016 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers. In this version, we updated the Complete Reject Edits section to revise the parameter in edits 4031-4035 for Reject 20.

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January 2, 2015
The Department is pleased to announce the release of EDExpress for Windows 2015-2016, 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 2015-2016, Release 1.0 is the initial software release for the 2015-2016 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.

At this time we are also releasing the EDExpress 2015-2016 Installation Guide, which includes download and installation instructions, the EDExpress 2015-2016, Release 1.0 Cover Letter, which includes a list of Release 1.0 enhancements, and the EDExpress 2015-2016, Release 1.0 Desk Reference, which provides step-by-step guidance on Global System and Security setup, Application Processing, Packaging, and Financial Aid Shopping Sheet functionality in the software.

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