SUMMARY: This letter announces and describes a training series
on EDExpress, and lists the sites and dates for the
We are pleased to announce a series of workshops sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Education's Student Financial Assistance
Programs. This technical training series on GETTING STARTED
IN EDEXPRESS will take place between September and December
in the U.S. Department of Education's Regional Training Facilities.
EDE, the Department's Electronic Data Exchange, is the service that
allows schools to electronically send and receive application data
from the Central Processing System (CPS). EDExpress is the
software developed for schools to manage that applicant data, and
also contains modules for Direct Loans, packaging, and Pell
payment processing. This training will provide an overview of each
module, with particular emphasis on application processing and
packaging. The Direct Loan module will not be covered in this
training, since the Department offers separate Direct Loan training
that provides intensive instruction on the Direct Loan module.
These two day workshops are intended for financial aid personnel
with day-to-day responsibility for electronic application processing
and other electronic functions. The training is "hands-on" computer
training, with a curriculum that includes exercises and activities
designed to increase trainees' skill and comfort level with the
software. A third day of intensive training on the packaging module
will be offered once in each Regional Training Facility. Trainees
can register for either the two day basic workshop or the three day
workshop, using the enclosed form. These workshops are open to
any interested school.
The agenda for the workshops is as follows:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Getting Started in EDExpress (EDE overview,
setup, application entry, ISIR processing and
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pell Payment module
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Packaging overview
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Detailed packaging (developing query
system; setting up academic years, budgets,
funds, and award methodologies; importing
ISIRs and exercises)
The training will be held in the Department of Education's Regional
Training Facilities, as indicated in the enclosed training schedule.
Since this is computer training, the size of the classes is limited, and
registration is absolutely required. Registration is on a first-come,
first-served basis, and, due to limited space, participation by any one
institution is limited to four persons. Registration will be confirmed.
This training is offered free of charge, although participants should
arrange and pay for their own transportation, meals and lodging. If
you have any questions about the training please call one of the
contact persons listed on the enclosed schedule.
On behalf of the Student Financial Assistance Programs, we look
forward to your participation in this training series.
Elizabeth M. Hicks
Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Student Financial Assistance
*[Schedule and Registration forms are currently not available for
viewing on the BBS, but may be requested by contacting the
Student Financial Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.]