Mapping Your Future: COD improvements, outage planned for March 19-21

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COD improvements, outage planned for March 19-21

By Catherine Mueller

March 18, 2021

If you really don't want to work over the weekend, you have a good reason not to do so.

The Department of Education will be implementing new functionality in the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System, and, as a result, the system won’t be available beginning at 11 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 19 until about 11 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, the 21st.

According to the March 10 Electronic Announcement,  the Department plans to implement functionality that supports the Campus-Based programs and the processing of Federal Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan awards for the 2021–22 award year.

The Department advises that all actual disbursements with a disbursement date from March 19–21, 2021 must be received, and subsequently accepted, by the COD System no later than 9 a.m. ET on Friday, March 19, 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, during the outage, users will not be able to submit or retrieve data via the COD website and will not be able to access the COD Reports area of the COD website.

Financial aid professionals with questions, should contact the COD School Relations Center at 1-800-848-0978 or via email