Federal Student Aid
COD System Implementation for 2020–21 Award Year

During the period April 24-26, 2020, we plan to implement Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System functionality that supports the Campus-Based programs and the processing of Federal Pell Grant (Pell Grant), Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) awards for the 2020–21 Award Year.

With this implementation, we will also implement the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement process. For more information about this process, refer to other announcements (November 21, 2019 and March 27, 2020).

In this announcement, we provide the following important information related to the implementation:

  • COD System Outage Information

  • Additional 2020–21 COD System Implementation Information

  • Contact Information

  • Attachments/Enclosures

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete this important activity.

COD System Outage Information

To implement the COD System functionality, we will suspend COD batch processing beginning at 11 p.m. Eastern time (ET) on Friday, April 24, 2020. Records submitted after this time will be held and processed after 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Note: All actual disbursements with a disbursement date from April 24, 2020 through April 26, 2020 must be received, and subsequently accepted, by the COD System no later than 9 a.m. ET on Friday, April 24, 2020, in order to generate the appropriate funding level increase prior to the outage.

Disbursements submitted by the deadline but not subsequently accepted or disbursements submitted after the deadline will be processed and funded after the outage.

In addition, between 11 p.m. ET on Friday, April 24, 2020 and 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 26, 2020—

  • Users will not be able to submit or retrieve data via the COD website.

  • Users will not be able to access the COD Reports area of the COD website.

Additional 2020–21 COD System Implementation Information

The attachment titled “Reminders and 2020–21 Funding Authorization and Disbursement Information,” provides reminders for the 2020–21 Award Year and 2020–21 funding authorization and disbursement information.

The attachment titled “COD System Processing Function Modifications for 2020–21,” highlights the processing function modifications we will implement during the April 24-26, 2020 period.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this announcement or its attachments, contact the COD School Relations Center at 1-800-848-0978. You may also email CODSupport@ed.gov.