Posted Date: October 26, 2015

Author:  Pamela Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid
Katrina Turner, Service Director, Operations Performance Management Services, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #67 - SAIG Enrollment Now Available for DCAS Online Service

As we explained in an October 22, 2015 electronic announcement, we will implement the Data Challenges and Appeals Solution (DCAS) later this year to support the gainful employment (GE) challenges and appeals process. DCAS is a Web-based application that will allow schools to submit challenges to data elements from the Draft GE Completers List. Future releases of DCAS related to GE will include functionality for challenging the information used to calculate the debt-to-earnings (D/E) rates. Going forward, DCAS functionality will be expanded in phases to include all appeals, requests for adjustments and challenges related to institutional cohort default rates (CDRs), and other student-level data initiatives. After we fully implement all phases of DCAS, we will retire the eCDR Appeals system.

In preparation for the launch of the new system later this year, authorized users may now be enrolled in the DCAS Online Service by a school’s (or organization’s) Primary Destination Point Administrator (Primary DPA) via the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) Enrollment Web site. In the attachment to this announcement we provide detailed instructions for the Primary DPA to complete the process. Please note that submission of a signature page will be required, before access will be granted.

Note for foreign school users: The attached instructions do not apply to foreign schools. Foreign school users will need to complete an updated paper SAIG Enrollment form ( to enroll for the DCAS Online Service.

Once DCAS is available for use, authorized users will log in using an FSA User ID and password as well as the six-digit password generated by the user’s Two-Factor Authentication (TFA) token. Information on obtaining an FSA User ID and registering a TFA token is also included in the attachment to this announcement.

Please continue to monitor the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site for forthcoming announcements about DCAS, including information about upcoming training opportunities, resources, and the system’s implementation date.

Contact Information

If you have questions about how to add the DCAS Online Service, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at


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