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(GEN-95-51) This Action Letter introduces a Windows version of EDExpress, the software designed to help institutions manage student aid data.

DCLPublicationDate: 10/1/95
DCLID: GEN-95-51
AwardYear: 1995-1996
Summary: This Action Letter introduces a Windows version of EDExpress, the software designed to help institutions manage student aid data.


95-96 Action Letter #14
Student Aid Delivery System

GEN- 95-51

October 1995


SUMMARY: This Action Letter introduces a Windows
version of EDExpress, the software designed to help
institutions manage student aid data.

Dear Colleague:

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is pleased to
announce EDExpress for Windows, a version of
EDExpress to run in a Windows environment. This
separate version of EDExpress is for use on personal
computers running Microsoft Windows. ED's objective
is to provide users of the current DOS version a more
intuitive, graphically rich environment, and an easy to
use Windows format with which to manage Federal
student financial aid data.

A beta test version of the application processing
function of EDExpress for Windows is now available to
institutions participating in the Electronic Data
Exchange (EDE). In late November ED will distribute
the remaining components of the Windows product
(packaging and Direct Loans), also in a beta test
version. These beta test versions can be used for
production if your school chooses.

To receive a copy of the application processing
functions in Windows, you must already have enrolled
in Title IV WAN and received your Title IV WAN User
ID. Then just call to order the software at 1-800-615-
1189.

The Department has tested its Windows version using
Windows for Workgroups, and is currently testing using
Windows 95. After successful testing using Windows
95, an announcement will be published with the results.

EDExpress for Windows has the same functionality as
EDExpress for DOS. The Windows product will
contain conversion utilities to convert the current DOS
databases to the Windows product database system
which is Microsoft's ACCESS system. Requirements
for such functions as import and export, file formats,
data entry edits, end-of-entry edits, the packaging
algorithm, Direct Loan origination editing, and output
reports will remain unchanged and users will be able to
perform all of the tasks that are accomplished with the
DOS version.

The following are the system requirements for the DOS-
based version of EDExpress:

Processor 80486
DOS Version 6.2 or higher
Hard Disk 80MB or more depending
on volume
Printer Impact or laser printer
Memory 16MB

The Windows version has this same minimum
requirement with the addition of:

Microsoft Windows Version 3.1 or 3.11
VGA
Mouse

We are planning to support the application processing
functions of EDExpress in both DOS and Windows
environments in 1996-97, but will support only
Windows for the remaining functionality of EDExpress
(packaging and Direct Loans). We are excited about
our Windows product, and look forward to working
with you to continue to improve our software products.

Sincerely,



Leo Kornfeld
Senior Adviser to the Secretary

Last Modified: 09/30/1995