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Summary: CCRAA Operational Implementation Guidance (CPS, COD System, and EDESuite) - COD Common Record XML Schema Version 3.0a Now Available (Supersedes 3/11/2008 Posting)

Publication Date: June 4, 2008

Author: William Leith, Acting General Manager, Application, Operations and Delivery Services, Federal Student Aid

Summary: CCRAA Operational Implementation Guidance (CPS, COD System, and EDESuite) – COD Common Record XML Schema Version 3.0a Now Available (Supersedes 3/11/2008 Posting)

Posted on 06-04-2008

ALERT! On July 25, 2008, we posted updated guidance regarding the COD Common Record XML Schema Version that will be required for the 2009-2010 Award Year. Please refer to the updated guidance regarding required use of schema version 3.0b after the COD System implementation for the 2009-2010 Award Year posted at http://www.ifap.ed.gov/cod/0725CODXMLSchema3pt0b.html.

Note: This Electronic Announcement supersedes the announcement we posted on March 11, 2008 regarding the posting of the COD Common Record XML Schema Version 3.0a. We have changed the earlier posting by correcting the information about COD Web Activity responses. Specifically, we have corrected the posting to accurately reflect that beginning June 28, 2008 all COD Web Activity responses will be sent by the COD System using COD Common Record XML Schema Version 3.0a. For complete information about the correction and the authoritative posting of COD Common Record XML Schema Version 3.0a, click on the hyperlink provided in the fourth paragraph below.

In June 2008, we will implement Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System functionality that will support the processing of Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant awards for the 2008-2009 and subsequent award years. As explained in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-08-01 posted on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site, this new grant program was established by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (the CCRAA), Pub. L. 110-84, and is effective July 1, 2008.

We previously informed the financial aid community that we will post numerous communications about the operational implementation of the TEACH Grant Program over the next several months. At this time, we are communicating about the implementation of a new version of the COD Common Record Extensible Markup Language (XML) Schema. The new version – 3.0a – of the COD Common Record XML Schema incorporates 1) a new block for TEACH Grant awards and 2) other changes throughout the schema to comply with standards established by the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC).

We are phasing in required use of COD Common Record Schema Version 3.0a. Use of the new schema version for the 2008-2009 Award Year will be required only for TEACH Grant Common Record documents. Use of the new schema version for all Common Record documents will be required beginning with the 2009-2010 Award Year.

For complete information about the new schema version, refer to “COD Common Record XML Schema Version 3.0a.

If you have any questions, contact the COD School Relations Center at 800/474-7268 for Grants or 800/848-0978 for Direct Loans. You may also e-mail CODSupport@acs-inc.com.

Last Modified: 06/03/2008