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(ANN-03-03) This letter announces 2003-04 EDExpress Direct Loan training for full participants in COD.

Publication Date: March 2003

DCL ID: ANN-03-03

This letter announces 2003-04 EDExpress Direct Loan training for full participants in COD.

Posted on 03-17-2003

March 2003


SUMMARY: This letter announces 2003-04 EDExpress Direct Loan training for full participants in COD.

Dear Partner:

FSA University invites you to attend training for 2003-04 EDExpress Direct Loan Processing. In the ‘03-04 award year, Direct Loan data entered through EDExpress will be transmitted to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System in the Common Record format. All ‘03-04 EDExpress users will be full participants in the COD system. This training will teach participants how to use new functionalities within EDExpress to better manage their Direct Loan data and enhance their current business processes.

For users of the Pell Grant module of EDExpress, please check the registration system for Pell workshops offered back-to-back with the Direct Loan workshops.

Who should attend?

The workshop is an intermediate-level program for users who have a basic understanding of student aid regulations and who also have prior experience using EDExpress to process Direct Loan data. For those registrants lacking this experience, we strongly recommend that you complete the EDExpress Basics web-based training as a foundation for attending this workshop. The web-based training can be accessed at

What will the workshops cover?

Each session covers changes and enhancements to the ‘03-04 EDExpress software, and provides tools for processing and managing Direct Loan data as full participants in the COD system. The format will include some lecture, emphasizing software demonstration and interactive learning tools.

Participants will learn to:

§ Understand the concept and practice of operating as a full participant school in the COD system§ Recognize the role that EDExpress plays in a school’s financial aid and business processes
§ Identify changes to the origination, disbursement, and import/export processes in order to re-evaluate and enhance
your school’s business practices

§ Understand the new PLUS MPN process
§ Effectively manage Direct Loan data using EDExpress queries and reports
§ Utilize COD On-line and other ED Web Sites now directly accessible from EDExpress to research and accurately resolve rejected records

When, where and how long are the workshops

We will offer 34 workshops nationwide from May 5 through July 31, 2003 at Department of Education Regional Training Facilities and selected school locations.

Each one-day session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 4:00 p.m.

How do I register?

Workshops have limited seating and registration is first-come, first-served. Training sites will be equipped with PCs although class size may require two participants to share a PC. If you register and then are unable to attend, please cancel so that someone else may take your place. If FSA University changes or cancels a workshop, you will be notified by email.

If you are a first-time user of our registration system, we suggest you take a few minutes to review the user instructions. They are available on the FSA University home page, on the login page and at other locations within the system. You may view the automated Registration Demo or read “Instructions on how to register,” which offers written directions illustrated with screen shots.

Cancellation policy: A workshop may be cancelled five business days prior to the workshop date if too few people are registered at that time. You will be notified by email if a workshop is cancelled.

For information about our current training and registration instructions, go to If you are ready to register for 2003-04 EDExpress Direct Loan Processing training, click here to go directly to the login page and sign on.

Thank you for your interest in Federal Student Aid and in FSA University training. We look forward to your attendance at one of our workshops and hope you will find it beneficial.


Anne Teresa, Director
FSA University

Contact information: For help with the registration process, call (202) 377-3941 or e-mail

Last Modified: 03/16/2003