Posted Date: February 26, 2016

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

Subject: Upcoming SAIG Message Class File Update

On March 4, 2016, we will send the message class "MESSAGTB" via the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) to all user mailboxes. The EDconnect transmission software 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 new message classes for the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®).

COD System Message Classes

We will add COD System 2016-2017 Rollover Message Classes to the message class table. These message classes are the standard COD System message classes rolled over from the previous award year to the 2016-2017 Award Year.

Rollover COD System message classes are fully outlined in Volume II, Section 2 of the 2016-2017 COD Technical Reference and will be in use after the March 9-14, 2016 implementation of COD System functionality for the 2016-2017 Award Year.

NSLDS Message Classes

We will add a new message class for NSLDS related to gainful employment (GE) reporting. Please monitor the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site for a forthcoming communication about the future use of this new message class.

The message class is as follows:

Message Class         Description
GEAECDOP   GE Alternate Earning Survey Extract

Additionally, descriptions for the following NSLDS message classes have been updated:

Message Class         Description
GECOMBOP   GE Completers List
GECOMPOP   GE Completers List Rpt- Backup Detail
GECOMSOP   GE Completers List Rpt- Summ Level/Condensed

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

If using the current version of EDconnect, the 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 CPSSAIG@ed.gov.

   

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