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(ANN-10-28) Subject: EDExpress Online Training - Release of Second EDExpress Online Training for 2010-2011 Module

Publication Date: July 27, 2010

DCL ID: ANN-10-28

Subject: EDExpress Online Training - Release of Second EDExpress Online Training for 2010-2011 Module

Summary: This letter announces Federal Student Aid's release of the second module of EDExpress Online Training for 2010-2011. The second module covers setting up the software, creating records, and disbursing for ACG, Pell Grant, National SMART Grant, and TEACH Grant awards using EDExpress.

Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce our release of the second module of EDExpress Online Training for 2010-2011, the Web-based training product that teaches users the basic skills needed to access and navigate the 2010-2011 EDExpress and EDconnect software. This module includes two training lessons that cover setting up the software, creating records, exporting records, creating disbursement records, and importing acknowledgement of records sent to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System.

  • The "Pell" lesson focuses on Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Pell Grant (Pell Grant), and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant) awards.

  • The "TEACH" lesson focuses on Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant awards.

The module is available on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site at http://ifap.ed.gov/edexpress/1011index.html.

New for 2010-2011: As described with the release of the first module in May 2010, EDExpress Online Training, formerly referred to as “EDExpress Basics,” has been redesigned for 2010-2011 with a new interface and lesson structure, offering users an enhanced training experience.

This self-paced training is intended for financial aid office staff with day-to-day responsibilities that involve using the EDExpress software. By using the software in a simulated environment, users will gain an understanding of the fundamental EDExpress and EDconnect functions. As such, this training is a resource for on-the-job training and re-training in the use of EDExpress.

We will release additional EDExpress Online Training for 2010-2011 modules in the coming months.

  • The third module on Global functions, software set up, Packaging, and Application Processing using FAA Access to CPS Online is planned for release in mid-August 2010. Additionally, this module will include training for new users of the EDconnect data transmission software as well as updated “What’s New” information.

  • A full version of the training that is compliant with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act is planned for release in mid-September 2010.

We will inform the community of the availability of these modules in forthcoming Training Announcements posted on the IFAP Web site.

We look forward to your use of EDExpress Online Training for 2010-2011. If you have questions about this Web-based training product, please contact David Bartlett at david.bartlett@ed.gov or Mark Gerhard at mark.gerhard@ed.gov.

Sincerely,

Jana Hernandes
Service Director, Operations
Federal Student Aid

Last Modified: 07/26/2010