CommonRecord CommonLine℠ (CRC) Documentation
NCHER oversees the design and support of a single standard XML-based CommonRecord:CommonLine℠ (CRC), to support multiple loan programs, including FFELP and Private (Alternative), eliminate multiple flat files, and provide a simplified process for the submission of financial aid data by schools and their FAMS partner.
This section is designed to be a repository of documents developed by NCHER workgroups in support of this standard.
CommonLine℠ R4 and R5 Documentation
Any NCHER member or school can participate in the CommonLine℠ Network. FFELP organizations can also become Electronic Standards Members of NCHER have access to the expanded functionality of CommonLine℠ and CAM through the use of alternative loan codes, non-FFEL guarantor codes and service provider IDs, can participate and vote on the Electronic Standards Committee, and participate on the committee’s listserv. For information about becoming a “CommonLine℠/Standards” member, contact NCHER at (202) 822-2106.
CommonLine℠ Testing Tools
CAM (Common Account Maintenance)
Electronic Data Exchange Documentation
Information pertaining to the Data Transport Standard used in the industry to transport CommonLine℠ and CAM data, including the NCHELP Technical manual.
Data Transport Standard
The Data Transport Standard (DTS) defines a high level framework, built on internet specifications, for moving data securely. This standard is a roadmap for how to utilize specific internet technologies providing for a secure, real-time (immediate) or batch (deferred) communications channel to safely move mission critical data.
Business Use Overview of DTS
This presentation was first given at the July 2007 Electronic Standards Committee meeting as a business perspective primer on DTS.
This document diagrams how an organization could add DTS into existing transport system.
NCHELP Technical Manual
The NCHELP Technical Manual is a tool for communicating technical information to organizations participating in the CommonLine, Common Account Maintenance (CAM) and Common Record: CommonLine (CR:C) processes.
This document is not tied to a specific release of any underlying file format. It can and will be republished as technical specifications change and new technical needs arise. This version of the Technical Manual (issued 10/01/2008) replaces the previous version published on 01/31/2007.
NCHELP Technical Manual
This document discusses the following topics:
- CommonLine, CAM, CRC, and other optional file transport protocols
Looking for someone to test with? Looking for information on specific entity’s electronic implementation status? The files below contain information on the readiness for testing and/or production of Lenders, Guarantors, Servicers, Vendors for file formats and/or changes to the file formats based on new regulations.
Currently, the following information is available:
CAM Readiness Dates
Information on organizations’ readiness for specific CAM record types. Lender dates “L Dates” and Guarantor dates, “G Dates,” are both included in this single file.
CRC Readiness Summary
This spreadsheet is a compilation of information received by the Electronic Standards Committee in response to the questionnaire sent out on CRC readiness.
Higher Education Reconciliation Act (HERA) Readiness
NCHER member organizations’ implementation timelines for electronic standards changes resulting from the passage of the HERA.
If you would like to submit updates to any of these documents, please contact NCHER.
Rehabilitation Notification File for FFELP
This file description explains the programming format you will use to create the Rehabilitation Loan Notification file for FFELP (Federal Family Education Loan Program). The file allows you to submit information regarding successfully rehabilitated loans.