General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded the $121.8 million Award Eligibility Determination contract by the Education Department.
The 10-year contract to modernize the Federal Student Aid processing system has an 18-month base period with eight 1-year and one 6-month option periods.
“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,” said Jylinda Johnson, GDIT vice president and general manager for government operations.
FSA administers the nation’s largest source of student financial aid programs, supporting more than 10 million students annually. Under this contract, GDIT will build a new Award Eligibility Determination system in the cloud to replace the legacy mainframe processing system.
The new system will improve the overall customer experience, as well as deliver cost savings and operational flexibility to quickly scale in response to any future regulations or requirements.
GDIT will migrate mission critical legacy applications to a modern architecture, with the new Award Eligibility Determination system hosted in Amazon Web Services GovCloud. The system will use easily packaged software applications that facilitate faster development, testing and deployment.
“The new system will allow students to more efficiently receive federal aid to help pay for college or career school,” Johnson said.