Federal Student Aid - IFAP

Publication Date: January 3, 2006

Author: G. Kay Jacks, General Manager, FSA Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Services

Summary: Availability of EDExpress for Windows 2006-2007, Release 1.0

Posted on 01-03-2006

The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the posting of EDExpress for Windows 2006-2007, Release 1.0, on the Department's Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at http://fsadownload.ed.gov. This release contains Global, Application Processing, and Packaging functionality for the 2006-2007 cycle.

In addition, the following EDExpress for Windows 2006-2007 documents are available on the FSAdownload Web site:

* Installation Guide for EDExpress for Windows 2006-2007
* EDExpress for Windows 2006-2007, Release 1.0 Cover Letter
* EDExpress for Windows 2006-2007, Release 1.0 Desk Reference (including Global, Application Processing, and Packaging functionality)
* 2006-2007 Packaging Technical Reference

These documents contain important information regarding EDExpress for Windows 2006-2007 functionality and enhancements that you should review, including details on updates we made to software grids, field labels, and help text to ensure compatibility with screen reader technology used by the visually impaired, in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

NOTE: At this time, the Department's Fiscal Year 2006 Appropriation has not been approved. Therefore, the 2006-2007 Pell Payment Schedule included in Release 1.0 is based upon the current $4050 maximum Pell Grant. After the Department's Fiscal Year 2006 Appropriation is finalized, we will update, if necessary, the Pell Grant Payment Schedule through a future release of EDExpress. If you use the EDExpress Packaging module to award Pell Grants, you may want to wait until it is known if the Pell Payment Schedule will change.

Release 1.0 is available on the FSAdownload Web site in two formats. You can download the entire software in one file, called Express67r1.exe, or you can download the software in separate "disk" installment files, which can be copied to a network drive or CDs. Review the download and installation instructions in the Installation Guide for further information.

You are required to have Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, or Windows XP as your PC workstation operating system to run Release 1.0. You must also adhere to either the minimum or the optimal hardware and software configuration requirements outlined in the September 2004 Federal Register Notice, available on the IFAP Web site at http://ifap.ed.gov/fregisters/FR09142004.html. Additional details and frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding system requirements are also available on IFAP at ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN0408.html.

Release 1.0 can be installed in a standalone or network environment. In a standalone installation, all programs files, including the software database, are installed and stored on the hard drive of a single PC.

If you want to run EDExpress for Windows in a network environment, you must first run a network server installation, designating a network drive location for your EDExpress database. After the server installation is complete, you must run network workstation installations on all PCs that will access the network database, designating the correct network drive and folder during each installation.

**Important Installation Note** If you use Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you must be an Administrator on your workstation to install EDExpress for Windows 2006-2007, Release 1.0. If you are not an Administrator, you will receive a warning when you try to install EDExpress. After an Administrator has installed EDExpress, you can run it as a member of the Power Users group. If your database is on a network server, you must be a Power User or higher on the network (or "domain") as well as on your workstation. There are no workarounds for these Windows rights issues. Consult with your school's technical department if you receive a warning that an Administrator must install the EDExpress software.

Other system and network requirements are outlined in the Installation Guide.

If you need assistance downloading EDExpress in single or multiple file format from the FSAdownload Web site, or with the installation or use of EDExpress, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.

If you have technical questions about our Federal Student Aid systems and software, you may want to subscribe to our e-mail listserv, FSATECH. For more information about FSATECH, including how to subscribe, visit the Federal Student Aid Schools Portal: Listservs & Mailing Lists: FSATECH Web site at http://ed.gov/offices/FSA/services/fsatechsubscribe.html.