Summary: This letter describes the l996-97 Title IV Update Training and the Direct Loan Training for new schools to be conducted in spring l996, and lists the sites and dates for the workshops.
SUMMARY: This letter describes the l996-97 Title IV Update
Training and the Direct Loan Training for new
schools to be conducted in spring l996, and lists the
sites and dates for the workshops.
We are pleased to announce a series of nationwide training
workshops sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's (ED)
Student Financial Assistance Programs (SFAP). Title IV Update
Training will take place between mid-March and May l996. The
William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Training for new
schools will be in late March and late April l996.
Title IV Update Training
This training is similar to the Delivery System training held by ED in
previous years. This year, however, the training will also integrate
information on SFAP electronic initiatives with program and policy
updates. Specifically, new information on the Electronic Data
Exchange (EDE) and EDExpress, the National Student Loan Data
System (NSLDS), and the SFAP Bulletin Board System (BBS) will
Because of budget constraints, seating at some of the l996-97
workshops will be limited. Therefore, ED will confirm workshop
registration, which will be on a first come, first served basis. All
attendees will need to be registered in advance. We recommend that
you review the agenda and register only those staff that will most
benefit from the training.
The agenda for the Title IV Update Training is as follows:
- NSLDS; new features of EDExpress
- Changes in Student Assistance General Provisions regulations,
including ability to benefit and regulatory relief changes; features
of the l996-97 EDExpress application module
- Regulatory changes for campus-based programs; Federal Work
Study community service; the l996-97 EDExpress packaging
- New Direct Loan and Federal Family Education Loan
requirements; the new Student Status Confirmation Report process;
the 1996-97 Direct Loan EDExpress module
- Federal Pell Grant overpayments; Pell paperless processing; how
to use the EDExpress Pell Payment module
- Cash Management: maintaining and disbursing funds
- Refund and Repayments issues: recent policy interpretations and
- Other Regulatory Changes: Student Right to Know; record
- Overview of new school recertification process
- The Quality Assurance Program and Experimental Sites
- ED's Customer Support Service and the BBS
The workshops will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. and will adjourn at
approximately 5:00 p.m. Training teams will consist of two ED
trainers and one school financial aid administrator.
If you are interested in attending this training, please complete the
enclosed registration form clearly marked for the Title IV Update
Training and mail or FAX it to the address on the form. You will
receive a confirmation by mail or FAX. Participants should bring a
calculator and a 3-ring binder for the Trainee Guide, which will be
distributed at the workshop site.
Direct Loan Training for New Schools
Direct Loan Training for schools new to the Direct Loan Program in
1996-97 will be offered in several of our Regional Training Centers
in late March and late April 1996. (See the registration information
enclosed.) The two-day training session is designed to provide
Direct Loan Program staff at your school with programmatic
information and hands-on computer training on the Direct Loan
module in EDExpress, the PC software provided by ED. Your staff
will learn how to make Direct Loans to your students quickly and
easily. Staff members from the departments that will implement and
administer Direct Loans at your school should plan to attend one of
the scheduled training sessions listed in the registration attachment.
This includes staff from the financial aid office, business office, and
computer services. These training sessions will be conducted by
training specialists from the Department of Education (ED), NCS
(the Direct Loan software developer), and trainers from the financial
aid community who have successfully implemented the Direct Loan
Program at their schools.
Schools currently participating in the Direct Loan Program should
plan to attend the Title IV Update Training for new information on
the program as described in the agenda outlined above. This Direct
Loan Training is limited to schools newly selected for participation
in the Direct Loan program.
If you are interested in attending this training, please use the
enclosed registration form clearly marked for Direct Loan Training.
Your registration will be confirmed.
Both the Title IV Update Training and the Direct Loan Training are
free. However, participants should arrange and pay for their own
transportation, meals, and lodging.
If you have questions about the Title IV Update Training, please call
the NASFAA Training Project staff at (202)785-0453. If you have
questions about the Direct Loan Training, please call the Direct Loan
Client Account Manager in your region (see enclosed schedule.)
On behalf of the Student Financial Assistance Programs we wish to
thank the institutions that are making their facilities available for
training this spring. We look forward to your participation in the
Title IV Update Training and the Direct Loan Training for new
Elizabeth M. Hicks
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Student Financial Assistance
*[Registration forms for 1996-97 Title IV Update Training and
Direct Loan Training Registration are currently unavailable on the
BBS. Please reference that page in the DCL GEN-96-3 for further