Getting Started

> SPEEDE Requirements Checklist

  • Ability to produce EDI documents consistent with ANSI ASC X12 standards
  • FTP or Internet email with MIME
  • PGP execute capability (if you plan to encrypt your files)
  • Email to receive inquiries and notifications

> Register with SPEEDE

You must register as a SPEEDE Server user before you can exchange files.

> Register with SPEEDE

On the registration form:

  • OPEID code is the eight-digit identification number used by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). It consists of a six-digit school identification number followed by a two-digit suffix used to identify branches, additional locations, and other entities that are part of the eligible institution.
  • Primary contact name and his or her phone number will be listed as the registered SPEEDE user and the information published on the SPEEDE Registrant Report.
  • You can select a daily delivery time range during which you would like files delivered to your institution. All deliveries are made in Eastern Time. If you would prefer to receive files continuously throughout the day as SPEEDE processes them, select the immediate delivery option.
  • Tell us whether or not you would like to get an email when SPEEDE receives files from you to be delivered to another SPEEDE user. The notification will be sent to the email address you entered on the registration form. This can be an individual or generic email account (e.g., the registrar’s office).
  • If you request on your registration form that we establish an SFTP account for you, you will need to provide the public SSH key that SPEEDE should use for authentication.
  • Your SPEEDE account will be created within three business days after you submit your registration form.
  • Once your account has been created, you will be contacted by a member of the Clearinghouse SPEEDE support team, who will work with you to create your public/private keys, establish a test file schedule, send/receive test files, and test receipt of the accompanying email acknowledgements.

> Access SPEEDE’s Reports

On a monthly basis, the SPEEDE Server produces a series of reports that are publically displayed on its Web site. These reports include:

  • Registrant List: Contains the name, contact information, and state for each individual who has registered with the SPEEDE Server
  • Registrant List Changes: Contains changes made during the previous month to current registrant contact information, as well as new registrants for the month
  • Receiver Report: Identifies who sent files and file count by transaction set (TS 130, 131, and 146) for each registrant who received files during the month
  • Sender Report: Identifies who received files and file count by transaction set (TS 130, 131, and 146) for each registrant who generated files during the month
  • Usage Report: Cumulative monthly report of the total number of files processed by SPEEDE. It includes the TS 130, TS 131, TS 997, and TS 138 transaction sets; total number of documents; and the number of senders and receivers for Transaction Set 130.

> View Reports


> Generate a Key File

You must generate public and private keys to use the SPEEDE Server. See our guide for step-by-step instructions on using PuTTY to generate your key file, including how to:

  • Install PuTTY,
  • Generate keys, and
  • Configure PuTTY to work with SPEEDE.

> Download the SPEEDE Key File Generation Guide (pdf)


> Submit Test Submissions

Sending test transmissions via SPEEDE works just like transmitting production files, except we need to know that you are not yet in production status. A member of the Clearinghouse SPEEDE support team will work with you to establish a test file schedule, send/receive test files, and test receipt of the accompanying email acknowledgements.

To use FTP to transmit a test file via the server and the National Student Clearinghouse:

  • After logging in, drop the files off in your home directory
  • Use testftp (all lower case) as your user ID and TestFTP as your password (use the four caps, the password is case sensitive)
  • If you wish, you can provide an alternate address for delivery of your test data. The Clearinghouse will monitor the ISA15 variable value for “T” (= test) and direct the test data to that alternate address.

> How to Send Files

  1. Register with SPEEDE and ask your intended recipients and senders to register as well.
  2. If you are using encryption, give a copy of your public key to the server (see “Generate a Key File“). Obtain and store the server’s public key.
  3. Prepare ANSI ASC X12 compliant files with proper ISA envelopes.
  4. If you are using PGP encryption on the files you are sending, encrypt the files using the server’s public key (using the signature option is highly recommended). Encrypted files can be sent via FTP or as MIME attachments.
  5. If using email, send files to SPEEDE-support@studentclearinghouse.org.
  6. If using FTP, once you sign in to the server, you will be on your institution’s home directory where you should place your file(s) to be picked up for processing. You may want to include the date or time in your file name to avoid overwriting a file delivered earlier.

> How to Receive Files

  1. Register with SPEEDE and ask your intended recipients and senders to register as well.
  2. If you are using encryption, give a copy of your public key to the server (see “Generate a Key File“). Obtain and store the server’s public key.
  3. Watch for an email notification (sent to the email address you entered on your registration form) that the file was delivered to the transcript email address or FTP location. If you requested that your files be picked up and delivered according to a specific schedule, an email notification will be sent after your files are processed.
  4. If you requested on your registration form that SPEEDE use PGP encryption on files delivered to you, you can use PGP to decrypt files you receive via FTP or as MIME attachments.
  5. Pass the file through your acknowledgement, translation, and processing routines.

> Use Quick ‘n’ Easy

The new Quick ‘n’ Easy (QNE) software is a free Java-based program that replaces the DOS platform and allows a user to print and acknowledge both college and high school transcripts.

Once you download the QNE software, you can test it with the SPEEDE server. Use TST file for both printing transcripts and generating acknowledgements for received transcripts.