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GDIT to Modernize Federal Student Aid Processing System

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $121.8 million contract to General Dynamics Information Technology to build a new Award Eligibility Determination system, moving it from the mainframe to the cloud.

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General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) was awarded a $121.8 million contract by the U.S. Department of Education to modernize the Federal Student Aid processing system, an announcement last week said.

According to a news release, the 10-year contract will build a new Award Eligibility Determination (AED) system in the cloud to replace the legacy mainframe processing system. It said the new system will improve the customer experience and deliver cost savings and operational flexibility to “quickly scale in response to any future regulations or requirements.”

The announcement said GDIT will migrate its legacy applications to modern architecture, with the new AED system hosted in AWS GovCloud. The new system will use software applications that facilitate faster development, testing and deployment.

“We are proud to continue our support to the U.S. Department of Education, and this modernization contract enables GDIT to further advance FSA’s higher education mission,” Jylinda Johnson, GDIT vice president and general manager for Government Operations, said in a public statement. “The new system will allow students to more efficiently receive federal aid to help pay for college or career school.”