Posted Date: December 15, 2010

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

Subject: Upcoming SAIG Message Class File Update

On December 17, 2010, 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 message classes for the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System.

NSLDS Message Classes

We will add new non-cyclical message classes for NSLDS to the message class table. These message classes will be used by the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) to aid in their collection, analysis, and publication of statistics related to education and student financial aid.

The message classes are as follows:

Message Class Description

NPSASRIN

NPSAS REQUEST FILE

NPSASROP

NPSAS RESPONSE FILE

COD System Message Classes

We will add COD System 2011-2012 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 2011-2012 Award Year.

Both rollover and new COD System message classes are fully outlined in Volume II, Section 2 of the 2011-2012 COD Technical Reference and will be in use after the February 18, 2011 implementation of COD System functionality for the 2011-2012 Award Year.

Note: Due to the cessation of Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant) processing for 2011-2012 and forward, the year-specific message classes for these programs will not be included in the rollover.

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 (version 7.2), 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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