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(FS-2012-02) Subject: TFA Information - Two Factor Authentication Tokens Required for Federal Student Aid Systems Effective May 11, 2012

Posted Date:April 27, 2012

Foreign School Update ID: FS-2012-02

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

Subject: TFA Information - Two Factor Authentication Tokens Required for Federal Student Aid Systems Effective May 11, 2012

In 2011, we began implementing a security process called Two Factor Authentication (TFA). (See Foreign School Update FS-2011-04 and Foreign School Update FS-2011-05.) Through TFA, when logging in to certain Federal Student Aid systems, an authorized user is required to use a traditional User ID and Password as well as provide a One-Time Password (OTP). The OTP is generated by a registered token device that is in the physical possession of the user.

TFA is in place for the following Federal Student Aid systems: FAA Access to CPS Online Web site, the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) for users who access the SAIG via EDconnect.

Most foreign school users have successfully begun using TFA tokens to access the Federal Student Aid systems listed above. Effective May 11, 2012, all authorized foreign school users will be required to access these systems using their TFA tokens. If an authorized user does not use a TFA token, he or she will not be able to access these systems.

We appreciate your cooperation in providing safe and secure access to Federal Student Aid systems.

Contact Information

If you have questions about TFA or if your school needs additional TFA tokens, please contact us at TFA_Communications@ed.gov (TFA_Communications@ed.gov).

Last Modified: 04/26/2012