Posted Date: November 22, 2019

Author:  Federal Student Aid

Subject: Program File Available for EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020, Release 3.0 to Resolve Direct Loan Issues

We are pleased to announce the posting of an EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020, Release 3.0, program file that resolves import and export issues in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) module. The program file is now available for download from the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) website, located at https://fsadownload.ed.gov.

This program file addresses two issues in the Direct Loan module:

  • Resolves an issue that caused EDExpress to include the same Direct Loan records repeatedly in the export of the COD Common Record (message class CRAA20IN), even if the exported records had accepted origination and disbursement records and no modifications. This issue only impacted EDExpress users with Direct Loan records in their database associated with different Attending Entity ID values (such as servicers processing loan records for multiple schools or schools with multiple campuses).

  • Resolves an issue that caused the import of a COD Common Record Response (CRAA20OP) file to stall prior to completion for some users.

You must have EDExpress 2019-2020, Release 3.0 installed on your PC before loading this program file. You can download Release 3.0 from the FSAdownload website.

If you do not use the EDExpress Direct Loan module, you do not need to load the program file described in this message.

Note: As announced in previous Electronic Announcements, we are working to retire the FSAdownload website and relocate all site content, including EDExpress software and related documentation, to the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) website, located at https://ifap.ed.gov. In some cases, references in software documentation have already been updated to reflect this transition. We recommend that you monitor the IFAP website for upcoming Electronic Announcements related to this transition. Depending on the timing of the transition, you may need to go to the IFAP website to download EDExpress software and documentation.

See the sections below for guidance and tips on loading the program file to your EDExpress 2019-2020, Release 3.0 program directory.

Loading the EDExpress Program File to Your System

The program file posted to the FSAdownload website is a dynamic link library (DLL) file called COD20.dll file. It should be downloaded and copied into the EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020 program directory of all PC workstations in your office that have Release 3.0 installed. You will need to overwrite the existing version of the COD20.dll file on your workstation(s) with the newer version posted to the FSAdownload website.

To download the COD20.dll program file, go to the FSAdownload website, click the “Software and Associated Documents” link, and select “EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020, Release 3.0.” On the “EDExpress 2019-2020” page, you can initiate the download of the program file by clicking the “COD20.dll” link under the “Software” section.

You will receive a message asking if you want to open the file or save it to your computer. You should choose to save the file to your computer. Save the COD20.dll to the program directory for EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020 on each PC running Release 3.0. For most users, this is the default directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\EDESuite\EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020 (unless you changed this location during the installation process). If you do not have a Program Files (x86) directory, the default is C:\Program Files\EDESuite\EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020.

You do not need to reboot your PC(s) once the copy procedure is complete in order to resume using EDExpress 2019-2020.

Additional Tips and Guidance

Note the following additional tips when loading the COD20.dll program file to your PC workstation(s):

  • To minimize download issues, designate the FSAdownload website as a Trusted site in Internet Explorer. Go to the FSAdownload website, select the gear icon in the upper right of Internet Explorer, and choose Internet Options. Select the Security tab and scroll to the right until you see “Trusted sites.” Select it and click the “Sites” button. Choose “Add” on the next page. Select “Close,” then “OK.”

  • Be sure to close EDExpress 2019-2020 on your PC(s) before performing the download and copy procedure.

  • Microsoft Windows users must have admin rights to the PC workstation(s) running EDExpress 2019-2020 in order to overwrite the existing program file.

  • During the copy procedure, you will receive a prompt asking if you want to replace the existing COD20.dll file with the new version you are downloading. You should click “Yes” and allow Windows to overwrite the file.

  • If you receive a message indicating you cannot overwrite the file (usually due to a “sharing violation”), restart your computer and try again. Windows may think the file is in use until you restart.

  • If your EDExpress 2019-2020 database is installed on a network drive, and you have multiple PC workstations accessing that database, you must load the appropriate program file to EACH workstation.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding loading the EDExpress 2019-2020 program file to your system, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 1-800-330-5947 or by email at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.

You can also post questions regarding EDExpress on FSATech. FSATech is an electronic mailing list for technical questions about Federal Student Aid systems, software, and mainframe products. For more information on subscribing to FSATech, go to https://ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/services/fsatechsubscribe.html.

   

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