Publication Date: January 12, 2007
Author: G. Kay Jacks, General Manager, Application, Operations and Delivery Services, Federal Student Aid
Summary: Beta Test Volunteers Needed for EDExpress for Windows 2007-2008, Release 2.0 Pell (including ACG and National SMART Grant) and Direct Loan Modules
Posted on 01-12-2007
Federal Student Aid is recruiting schools and servicers to participate in beta tests of the Pell and Direct Loan modules of EDExpress for Windows 2007-2008, Release 2.0. The Pell and Direct Loan beta tests are scheduled to run from February 5 through February 9, 2007.
Beta test participants download an in-development version of the EDExpress software and test documentation from an FTP site, replicate typical usage of the software in a mock-production environment, report any problems encountered, and submit a summary report detailing test findings and software suggestions for our analysis.
In addition to testing existing and new Pell and Direct Loan functionality, beta test participants will have the opportunity to examine enhancements related to provisions of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (the HERA), Pub. L. 109-171 in Release 2.0. For example:
If you are interested in being considered as a beta test participant for the Pell and/or Direct Loan module(s) for Release 2.0, please send an e-mail to CPSSAIG@ed.gov with the subject line "Attention: EDExpress 2007-2008 Release 2.0 Beta Testing" and provide the following information:
1) School name and TG number
We will select participants with a wide variety of processing environments to ensure the most diverse and thorough testing of the software is performed.
We will contact all Release 2.0 beta test volunteers by January 31, 2007. If your school is selected for participation in the Pell or Direct Loan beta test, further information will be provided by e-mail at that time.
Thank you for your interest in helping make EDExpress for Windows 2007-2008, Release 2.0, a superior software product. We look forward to hearing from you.