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(General) Subject: 2010 Regional Direct Loan Training Conferences

Posted Date:January 26, 2010

Author: Chris Greene, Communications and Administration Office, Federal Student Aid

Subject: 2010 Regional Direct Loan Training Conferences

Regional Direct Loan Training Conferences

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) wants to ensure that institutions of higher education participating in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFELSM) Program and wishing to augment their federal student loan options have the resources they need to participate in the Direct Loan ProgramSM. For this reason, Federal Student Aid established the Regional Direct Loan Training Conferences.

These free, one-day training workshops will be offered in several locations and provide financial aid professionals at domestic schools with the essential skills to administer the Direct Loan Program at their institutions. Domestic schools interested in learning more about the Direct Loan Program or those new to the program that have been unable to attend prior ED Direct Loan training opportunities are encouraged to attend.

The following are details of the Regional Direct Loan Training Conferences. To learn more about these conferences or to register, please visit our Web site at or contact us by phone at 202-377-3633.

Course Sessions and Content

  • Direct Loan Program Basics - This session will focus on the Direct Loan Program from a programmatic perspective. Concepts, terminology and other information needed to understand how the program works and how to administer the program will be discussed.
  • Direct Loan System Basics - This session will focus on the Direct Loan Program from a systems perspective. An overview of the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System and the functions, features, and screens of the COD Web site will be discussed. In addition, this session covers other electronic processes and systems associated with Direct Loan processing.
  • Considerations for Direct Loan Business Practices - This session will focus on major processing tasks that most schools need to consider for internal processing of Direct Loans. This session is intended to take information learned from the previous two sessions and connect that information to office processes and procedures.
  • Questions and Answers - The last session of the day will provide participants an opportunity to think about the previous sessions and ask any remaining questions associated with Direct Loan origination and disbursement.

Conference Locations:




February 16

Dallas, TX

Sheraton Dallas

February 18

Denver, CO

Doubletree Hotel Denver

February 23

Cleveland, OH

Hyatt Regency Cleveland

February 25

New York, NY

Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers

February 22 & 23

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

American University in Bayamon

February 25 & 26

Ponce, Puerto Rico

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico

March 1 & 2

Recinto de Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Ponce Paramedical College (POPAC)

March 2

Las Vegas, NV


March 4

Anaheim, CA

Hyatt Regency Orange County

March 9

San Francisco, CA

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

March 11

Seattle, WA

Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport

March 16

Philadelphia, PA

Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

March 18

Boston, MA

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

March 23

St. Louis, MO

Sheraton at Westport

March 24

Honolulu, HI

Ala Moana Honolulu

March 25

Chicago, IL

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

April 6

Charlotte, NC

The Westin Charlotte

April 8

Jacksonville, FL

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Last Modified: 01/25/2010