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Summary: Availability of Electronic cohort default rate appeals process

Publication Date: January 24, 2008

Author: Susan Szabo, Chief Business Operations Officer, Federal Student Aid

Summary: Availability of Electronic cohort default rate appeals process

Posted on 01-24-2008

Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce the availability of the electronic Cohort Default Rate Appeals process (eCDR Appeals). Beginning with the fiscal year (FY) 2006 draft cohort default rate (CDR) distribution on February 11, 2008 schools will have the option of submitting and processing certain CDR challenge and adjustment requests via eCDR Appeals, a web-based application.

eCDR Appeals facilitates the exchange of information between parties for three of the challenge/adjustment processes: Incorrect Data Challenge (IDC), Uncorrected Data Adjustments (UDA), and New Data Adjustments (NDA). The application allows schools to electronically submit these challenges and adjustment requests during a cohort default rate cycle, and allows the guaranty agency/Direct Loan Servicer (hereafter referred to as the data manager) and Federal Student Aid personnel to electronically view and respond to these challenges and adjustment requests. The application tracks the entire life cycle of each challenge/adjustment request from the time the case is created until the time a decision is made and the case is closed.

This electronic process will eventually replace the paper process of challenging and appealing CDRs for all Title IV schools, foreign and domestic. At this time, the use of eCDR Appeals is optional for schools. All data managers are required to respond to a school's IDC submission in the format used by the school. Therefore, all data managers are required to register for eCDR Appeals.

The attachment below provides a summary of important features the system will offer. This information may help you determine whether you will choose to use eCDR Appeals with the FY 2006 draft CDR release in February 2008. Our description focuses on the IDC process. The ability to process UDA and NDA data will be available Fall 2008, for the official FY 2006 CDR cycle.

The eCDR Appeals system will be placed into production February 11, 2008. A link to the system will be established on the left navigation menu of the Default Prevention and Management website available at http://www.ifap.ed.gov/DefaultManagement/DefaultManagement.html. Pertinent user guide information will be provided at the same location.

If your school has any questions regarding eCDR Appeals, please contact Default Prevention and Management at (202) 377-4259 or via e-mail at fsa.schools.default.management@ed.gov.

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Last Modified: 01/23/2008