Federal Student Aid
Quarterly SAIG Message Class File Update

On June 5, 2020, 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 the 2021–22 Central Processing System (CPS) message classes to the message class table. These message classes are the standard CPS message classes rolled over from the previous cycle to the 2021–22 cycle and are fully outlined in the complete version of the 2021–2022 Electronic Data Exchange (EDE) Technical Reference.

Note: The CPS 2021–22 message classes are being added early for application system testing only. If you use these message classes to send records prior to Oct. 1, 2020, the records will not be processed.

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 Software and Other Tools page of the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) website (https://ifap.ed.gov/software-and-other-tools).

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, 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 1-800-330-5947 or by email at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.