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(EDESuite) Subject: Availability of Program Files Enhancing EDExpress for Windows 2010-2011, Release 4.0 and Direct Loan (DL) Tools for Windows, Release 10.0 to Accommodate New MPN Status Values

Posted Date:October 18, 2010

Author: William Leith, Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Availability of Program Files Enhancing EDExpress for Windows 2010-2011, Release 4.0 and Direct Loan (DL) Tools for Windows, Release 10.0 to Accommodate New MPN Status Values

We are pleased to announce the posting of program files for EDExpress for Windows 2010-2011, Release 4.0 and Direct Loan (DL) Tools for Windows, Release 10.0, that add enhanced logic to the respective software programs to successfully handle new processed Master Promissory Note (MPN) Status values sent by the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System for 2010-2011 William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) records.

The new MPN Status values sent by the COD System are I (Inactive), C (Closed), and P (Pending). Loans with an MPN Status of I or C are considered accepted on the COD System but cannot be linked to any new loans. After you load the new program file for EDExpress 2010-2011, Release 4.0, the software will convert the MPN Status values of I and C in COD Response files to the EDExpress MPN Status value of A (MPN Accepted) upon import, so that disbursements on that loan can occur. Note: In the 2011-2012 version of EDExpress, the software will recognize and accept the I and C status and will allow disbursements for that loan, but will NOT allow new loans to link to that MPN.

In addition, after you load the new program file for EDExpress 2010-2011, Release 4.0, an MPN Status of P in a COD Response file will be converted to the equivalent EDExpress MPN Status value of X (MPN Pending) upon import. This change applies to imports of the COD Common Record Response (message class CRAA11OP), the MPN Response (CRPN11OP), and the Credit Decision Override (CRCO11OP).

For more information on the business rules governing MPN processing at the COD System, see the 2010-2011 COD Technical Reference, Volume II, Section 1, available on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at https://www.fsadownload.ed.gov.

The DL Tools, Release 10.0 program file updates DL Tools Rebuild import logic to convert the MPN Status from a Rebuild file (message class CODRBFOP) to the correct MPN Status on Direct Loan records in your EDExpress database.

The EDExpress 2010-2011, Release 4.0 program file, called CODImportExport11.dll, and the DL Tools, Release 10.0 program file, called ImportExport10.dll, are available on FSAdownload. After copying the applicable program file to your EDExpress or DL Tools program directory on your workstation, the MPN Status conversion logic will be active for the respective program’s import functionality.

Important Note: EDExpress 2010-2011 Direct Loan users must first upgrade to Release 4.0 and then download and copy the ImportExport10.dll program file to the correct directory for the enhanced MPN Status conversion logic to function correctly. Release 4.0 is available for download from the FSAdownload Web site.

If you do not use the EDExpress 2010-2011 Direct Loan module or the DL Tools software, you do not need to load either program file.

See the sections below for more information on loading the program file to your EDExpress 2010-2011, Release 4.0 or DL Tools, Release 10.0 program directory.

Loading the EDExpress Program File to Your System

The CODImportExport11.dll file should be downloaded and copied into the EDExpress for Windows 2010-2011 program directory of all PC workstations in your office that have Release 4.0 installed.

Note: Be sure to close EDExpress 2010-2011 on your PC(s) before performingthis download and copy procedure.

To download the CODImportExport11.dll program file, go to https://www.fsadownload.ed.gov, click the "Software and Associated Documents" link, and select "EDExpress for Windows 2010-2011, Release 4.0." On the "EDExpress 2010-2011" page, you can initiate the download of the CODImportExport11.dll program file by clicking the "CODImportExport11.dll" link under the "Software" section.

You will receive a message asking if you want to open the file or save it to your computer. You should choose to save the file to your computer. Save the CODImportExport11.dll to the program directory for EDExpress for Windows 2010-2011 on each PC running Release 4.0. For most users, this is the default directory of C:\Program Files\EDESuite\EDExpress for Windows 2010-2011 (unless you changed this location during the installation process).

You do not need to reboot your PC(s) once the copy procedure is complete in order to resume using EDExpress 2010-2011.

Loading the DL Tools Program File to Your System

The process for loading the DL Tools, Release 10.0 program file is very similar to the process for the EDExpress 2010-2011, Release 4.0 program file. The ImportExport10.dll file should be downloaded and copied into the DL Tools for Windows program directory of all PC workstations in your office that have Release 10.0 installed.

Note: Be sure to close DL Tools, Release 10.0 on your PC(s) before performingthis download and copy procedure.

To download the ImportExport10.dll program file, go to https://www.fsadownload.ed.gov, click the "Software and Associated Documents" link, and select "Direct Loan Tools Release 10.0." On the "Direct Loan Tools Release 10.0" page, you can initiate the download of the ImportExport10.dll program file by clicking the "ImportExport10.dll" link under the "Software" section.

You will receive a message asking if you want to open the file or save it to your computer. You should choose to save the file to your computer. Save the ImportExport10.dll to the program directory for DL Tools on each PC running Release 10.0. For most users, this is the default directory of C:\Program Files\EDESuite\DL Tools for Windows (unless you changed this location during the installation process).

You do not need to reboot your PC(s) once the copy procedure is complete in order to resume using DL Tools.

Additional Tips for Loading EDExpress and DL Tools Program Files

Note the following additional tips when loading the EDExpress 2010-2011, Release 4.0 or DL Tools, Release 10.0 program file to your PC workstation(s):

  • Microsoft Vista and Windows 7 users must have admin rights to the PC workstation(s) running EDExpress 2010-2011 or DL Tools in order to overwrite the existing program file.
  • During the copy procedure, you will receive a prompt asking if you want to replace the existing file with the new version you are downloading. You should click "Yes" and allow Windows to overwrite the file.
  • If you receive a message indicating you cannot overwrite the file (usually due to a "sharing violation"), restart your computer and try again. Windows may think the file is in use until you restart.
  • If your EDExpress 2010-2011 or DL Tools database is installed on a network drive, and you have multiple PC workstations accessing that database, you must load the appropriate program file to EACH workstation.

If You Have Questions

If you have any questions regarding loading the EDExpress 2010-2011, Release 4.0 or DL Tools, Release 10.0 program files to your system, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.

You can also post questions regarding EDExpress on FSATECH. FSATECH is an electronic mailing list for technical questions about Federal Student Aid systems, software, and mainframe products. For more information on subscribing to FSATECH, go to http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/services/fsatechsubscribe.html.

Last Modified: 10/17/2010