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National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Quick Access


What is NSLDS?

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid. It receives data from schools, agencies that guaranty loans, the Direct Loan program, the Pell Grant program, and other U.S. Department of Education programs. NSLDS provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and Pell grants that are tracked through their entire cycle; from aid approval through closure.

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NSLDS Access

This section provides Guaranty Agencies, Lender/Lender Servicers, and State Grant Agencies with the requirements, acceptable uses, and restrictions for National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) online access. Included in this section are the instructions and the associated documents that must be submitted in order for an organization to be evaluated for approval to gain NSLDS online access.

NSLDS Organization Access Process

NSLDS Established Relationship Definitions and Access Certification for Guaranty Agencies

NSLDS Established Relationship Definitions and Access Certification for Lenders and Lender Servicers

NSLDS Established Relationship Definitions and Access Certification for State Grant Agencies


Enrollment Reporting Process

Schools signed up for Enrollment Reporting Processing - The list includes OPEID school name and last certification date received by NSLDS. This information is updated as of September 2, 2014. Foreign schools who are enrolled through SAIG but have not submitted any enrollment records are listed at the bottom with a blank Certification Date. We are currently working on providing all schools who we show enrolled through SAIG for the Enrollment Processing even if they are not reported. This list will be updated monthly and a message will be posted when available.

Enrollment Reporting Process


Perkins Technical Update 2014-01

Perkins Technical Update 2014-01


Perkins Technical Update 2013-02

Perkins Technical Update 2013-02


Perkins Technical Update 2013-01

Perkins Technical Update 2013-01


GA Technical Update 2014-02

GA Technical Update 2014-02

Attachment A: GA FAT Batch Record Layout


GA Technical Update 2014-01

GA Technical Update 2014-01


GA Technical Update 2013-05

GA Technical Update 2013-05


Lender Technical Update 2014-01

Lender Technical Update 2014-01


Lender Technical Update 2013-04

Lender Technical Update 2013-04


Lender Technical Update 2013-03

Lender Technical Update 2013-03


NSLDS Newsletter

Newsletter #46

This newsletter describes recent enhancements to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), the NSLDS Professional Access Web site, and the NSLDS Student Access Web site. These enhancements include changes to support the 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit, updates to enrollment reporting, and enhancements to NSLDS reports.

NSLDS Newsletter #46 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #46 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #45

This newsletter describes recent enhancements to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. These enhancements include changes to support the 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit, updates to enrollment reporting, the new Student Contact Information page, enhancements to accommodate schools with more than 99 locations, and new fields on the Loan Detail page.

NSLDS Newsletter #45 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #45 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #44

This newsletter describes recent enhancements to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. These enhancements include changes to support the 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit, identifying the new Federal Perkins Loan Servicer in NSLDS, and updates for total and permanent disability (TPD).

NSLDS Newsletter #44 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #44 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #43

This newsletter describes enhancements to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. These enhancements include changes to support the 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit, a new Repayment Plan Type code, updates to Enrollment Reporting, and enhancements to Exit Counseling.

NSLDS Newsletter #43 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #43 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #42

This newsletter describes enhancements to NSLDS and the NSLDS Professional Access Web site including the new Borrower Demographic Report and the addition of new Repayment Plan Type codes to NSLDS. New and updated NSLDS Record Layouts are also described.

NSLDS Newsletter #42 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #42 (PDF Version)

For up-to-date information regarding data quality, please see our current Guaranty Agency (GA)-NSLDS Data Quality Benchmark report. Acceptable Forms of Identification - In order to change a borrower's name, social security number, or birthdates, NSLDS requires specific documentation.  Please see NSLDS Documentation Requirements. Acceptable Forms of Documentation


Guaranty Agency Data Provider Instructions

The files listed below contain the 2005 Guaranty Agency Data Provider Instructions (Version 4.1) in PDF.

GA DPI Main Text

GA DPI Appendix A

GA DPI Appendix B

GA DPI Appendix C

GA DPI Appendix D

GA DPI Appendix E

GA DPI Appendix F

GA DPI Appendix G

GA DPI Appendix H


Perkins Loan Data Submittal PK2007-02

Changes to Loan Data Submittal (revised)

Appendix A: Data Dictionary




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Last updated/reviewed Tue Sep 9 12:40:21 2014

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