Posted Date: December 12, 2012

Author:  William Leith, Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: 2012-2013 COD System Peak Processing Reminders

In January 2013, we will begin another peak processing period for the 2012-2013 Award Year.  To assist schools with planning and processing, we remind you of the following:

  • Origination and disbursement responses are processed throughout the day and are often sent to schools within hours. During this peak period, batch processing may take longer. In the unlikely event batch processing takes longer than 24 hours, the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) School Relations Center will contact affected schools on the next business day.

    Note: Mondays and Tuesdays are the heaviest processing days. If a school has system flexibility in the scheduling of batch submissions, it may want to consider sending data on alternative days.

  • All system-generated responses are processed once a day at 2:30 A.M. (ET) for activity that occurred the preceding day. As with batches, in the unlikely event system-generated response processing takes longer than 24 hours, the COD School Relations Center will contact affected schools on the next business day. This includes the following system-generated responses:

    • Booking Notification (BN)
    • Credit Decision Override (CO)
    • Entrance Counseling and Financial Awareness Counseling (EC)
    • Negative Disbursement  (ND)
    • Payment to Servicing (PS)
    • PLUS Request Acknowledgement (SP)
    • Promissory Note (PN)
    • TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (AT)
    • TEACH Grant Counseling (AC)

  • Most schools may submit actual disbursement records (Disbursement Release Indicator (DRI) equals “True”) up to 7 calendar days in advance of the disbursement date.  This applies to all award types (including Federal Pell Grant awards).

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this peak processing period.

Contact Information

If you have questions, contact the COD School Relations Center at 800/474-7268 for Grants or 800/848-0978 for Direct Loans. You may also e‑mail


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