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(EDESuite) Subject: Availability of Direct Loan (DL) Tools for Windows, Release 14.0

Posted Date:June 30, 2014

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

Subject: Availability of Direct Loan (DL) Tools for Windows, Release 14.0

We are pleased to announce the availability of William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (DL) Tools for Windows, Release 14.0, a supplemental software product for Direct Loan participants. DL Tools is available for download on our Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at

In addition to the software, the following Release 14.0 user documentation is now available on the FSAdownload Web site:

  • DL Tools, Release 14.0 Cover Letter (provides information regarding enhancements available in Release 14.0)

  • DL Tools, Release 14.0 Installation Guide (provides technical guidance regarding installing and using Release 14.0)

Volume IV (DL Tools) of the 2014-2015 Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Technical Reference, which includes external import record layouts and other information for system administrators, is also available on the FSAdownload Web site.

Important Note: In April 2014, the COD System implemented changes to the format of Rebuild files (message class CODRBFOP) for 2012-2013 and forward to accommodate new data fields related to the 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit. We updated DL Tools, Release 14.0 to use the expanded Rebuild file layout implemented by the COD System in its April update. If you are currently running DL Tools, Release 13.0 (posted in June 2013) and you need to recreate loan records in your EDExpress for Windows databases for the 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 award years using a Rebuild file generated by the COD System after its April 2014 update, upgrade to Release 14.0.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding downloading, installing, or using DL Tools, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at

You can also post questions regarding DL Tools 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

Last Modified: 06/29/2014