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Summary: HERA Operational Implementation Guidance (CPS, COD System, and EDExpress Suite) -- COD Common Record XML Schema HERA Updates Now Available

Publication Date: June 2006

Author: G. Kay Jacks, General Manager, FSA Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Services

Summary: HERA Operational Implementation Guidance (CPS, COD System, and EDExpress Suite -- COD Common Record XML Schema HERA Updates Now Available

Posted on 06-15-2006

In December 2006, we will implement Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System functionality that will support the processing of Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant) awards for the 2006-2007 and subsequent award years. These new grant programs were established by the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (the HERA), Pub. L. 109-171, and are effective July 1, 2006.

Upon the ACG and National SMART Grant implementation scheduled for December 16, 2006, schools must send and the COD System will acknowledge certain 2006-2007 Common Record documents using a new version—2.0e—of the COD Common Record Extensible Markup Language (XML) Schema. In addition, the COD System will send all unsolicited system-generated responses using the new schema version.

Later, after implementation of 2007-2008 COD System functionality scheduled for April 14, 2007, schools must send and the COD System will acknowledge all Common Record documents using COD Common Record XML Schema Version 2.0e. In addition, the COD System will send all unsolicited system-generated responses using the new schema version.

For complete information about the new schema version, refer to "COD Common Record XML Schema Version 2.0e."

If you have any questions, contact the COD School Relations Center at 800/4PGRANT for Pell Grant or 800/848-0978 for Direct Loan. You may also e-mail CODSupport@acs-inc.com.

Last Modified: 06/14/2006