Posted Date: May 15, 2019

Subject: 2020-2021 EDE Technical Reference (Spring Draft)

We are pleased to announce the posting of the draft 2020-2021 Electronic Data Exchange (EDE) Technical Reference. This draft includes the Record Layouts (Section 3) and the Processing Codes (Section 4) sections.

The EDE Technical Reference provides record layouts for schools or other organizations that need to design software systems to interface with Federal Student Aid's application processing system to process student financial aid applications.

The following record layouts are included in this draft:

  • EDE Record Level Error Report Import Record Layout
  • ISIR Record Description/Data Dictionary
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Application Export Record Layout
  • Correction Export Record Layout
  • Signature Record Export Record Layout

The ISIR Cross-Reference in the Processing Codes section compares the fields in the 2019–20 ISIR Record Layout with the fields in the 2020–21 ISIR Record Layout and is organized by the 2019–20 fields.

If you have questions, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 1-800-330-5947 (TDD/TTY 1-800-511-5806) or by e-mail at


Change History Table in PDF Format, 143KB, 1 Page

Record Layouts in PDF Format, 2MB, 121 Pages

Processing Codes in PDF Format, 1MB, 83 Pages


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