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Direct Loans

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program awards are processed through the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System.

Operational communications and guidance, technical documents, and related information specific to the Direct Loan Program and the processing of Direct Loan awards through the COD System are provided on this page. Electronic Announcements about Direct Loans are available below. Related resource information is available on the right side of this page.

To access the COD System page, click here.
To access the Grants page, click here.
To access the EDESuite page, click here.
To access the Campus-Based page, click here.

Electronic Announcements

The 15 most current Electronic Announcements specific to the Direct Loan Program are listed below.

To view past Direct Loan Bulletins, click here.

To view more Electronic Announcements about the Direct Loan Program, click here.
  • 05/17/2019 - (General) Subject: Upcoming Federal Student Aid System Access Changes for Professional Users
  • 05/16/2019 - (General) Subject: Additional Enhancements to the FSA ID
  • 05/16/2019 - (General) Subject: Memorial Day Federal Holiday Processing and Customer Service Hours
  • 05/03/2019 - (Direct Loans) Subject: Record Submission Due Date for 2017–18 Direct Loan Program Year Closeout
  • 04/10/2019 - (General) Subject: OUTAGE ALERT—G5 System Outage April 24-29, 2019 – Impact to Federal Student Aid Processing and on Funds Availability for Title IV Programs
  • 03/29/2019 - (EDESuite) Subject: Availability of EDExpress for Windows 2019-2020, Release 2.0
  • 03/28/2019 - (General) Subject: IFAP Update – Upcoming Transition of FSAdownload Content and Financial Partners Portal to IFAP Website (Updated May 17, 2019)
  • 03/20/2019 - (General) Subject: Upcoming Enhancements to the FSA ID (Updated March 29, 2019)
  • 03/18/2019 - (General) Subject: REMINDER–Annual DUNS Number Registration Renewal with System for Award Management Database
  • 03/14/2019 - (COD System) Subject: COD System Implementation for 2019–20 Award Year
  • 03/01/2019 - (General) Subject: R2T4 Transition #3 – What to Expect for R2T4 in COD System in April 2019
  • 02/28/2019 - (General) Subject: R2T4 Transition #2 – R2T4 User Access and User Roles in the COD System
  • 02/25/2019 - (Loans) Subject: FY 2016 Draft Cohort Default Rates Distributed February 25, 2019
  • 02/08/2019 - (General) Subject: Washington's Birthday Federal Holiday Processing and Customer Service Hours
  • 02/05/2019 - (Direct Loans) Subject: Direct Loan Closeout Information for 2017–18 Program Year

Direct Loan Processing Information

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes

New Direct Loan Schools

New Direct Loan Schools

Links to information for potential and new Direct Loan schools

Sample MPNs and Communications

Foreign Schools

Foreign Schools

Links to information for foreign schools

Default Prevention

Default Prevention

Links to information for default prevention

Computer-Based Training

Computer-Based Training

Links to COD System computer-based training

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