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(General) Subject: Upcoming SAIG Message Class File Update

Posted Date:July 26, 2012

Author: Pamela Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Upcoming SAIG Message Class File Update

On August 1, 2012, we will send a new message class "MESSAGTB" via the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) to all user mailboxes. The EDconnect MESSAGTB file will automatically request, download, and import this new message class table with a user’s next connection to the SAIG network. Once the MESSAGTB file has been imported, the new message class table will be used from that point forward.

Message Classes

We will add a new non-cyclical message class for the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). The new message class is described below.

NSLDS Message Class

We will add the following new non-cyclical message class to the message class table. This message class will be used by NSLDS to distribute the Gainful Employment (GE) Data Extract file in comma delimited format to institutions that have requested it on the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. This message class will be used for the output of files only and will not be used for submitting data to NSLDS. Please monitor the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site for a forthcoming communication about the future use of this new message class.

Complete information about gainful employment is available on the IFAP Web site’s Gainful Employment Information page.

Message Class

Update, Import, and Installation Information

The message class table update will be transparent to users except for an Import dialog box, which will appear on a user’s screen and display the progress of the import as the file is importing.

The new message class table file will also be available on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site in the "Software and Associated Documents" section.

Using Multiple Networked PCs

If a user has performed a network installation of EDconnect, the new message class table will import into the EDconnect database on the user’s network drive. Individual workstations will all have access to the new message class table after it has been imported.

Using Multiple Stand-Alone PCs

When installing EDconnect, the new message class table will automatically download and update EDconnect on each PC that initiates a transmission.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the information contained in this document, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806), or by e-mail at

Last Modified: 07/25/2012