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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


Perkins Technical Update 2017-01

Perkins Technical Update 2017-01


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 2017-01

GA Technical Update 2017-01


GA Technical Update 2016-03

GA Technical Update 2016-03


GA Technical Update 2016-02

GA Technical Update 2016-02


GA Technical Update 2016-01

GA Technical Update 2016-01


GA Technical Update 2015-02

GA Technical Update 2015-02


GA Technical Update 2015-01

GA Technical Update 2015-01


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 2017-01

Lender Technical Update 2017-01


Lender Technical Update 2015-01

Lender Technical Update 2015-01

Attachment A: Reaffirmation User Guide


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 #60

This newsletter describes recent enhancements for school users to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) and the NSLDS Professional Access website. These changes include the new Maximum Eligibility Timeline Page and other enrollment enhancements. Updates on the Transfer Student Monitoring (TSM)/Financial Aid History (FAH) process, new Loan Discharge Reason Codes, and a reminder about the availability of the updated Perkins DataPrep software and Perkins Data Provider Instructions are also provided.

NSLDS Newsletter #60 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #60 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #59

This newsletter describes a new NSLDS report to assist schools with understanding which students are included in their Enrollment Reporting Statistics. The new Enrollment Reporting Statistics Backup Detail Report (SCHCB1) allows school users to request an extract that lists the students included in the most recently calculated Enrollment Reporting Statistics.

NSLDS Newsletter #59 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #59 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #58

This newsletter describes two new reports for the NSLDS enrollment reporting process: the ER Program Level Certification Report (SCHER8), providing a school user with certified program-level enrollment data for students on the school’s roster, and the NSLDS-COD Program Comparison Report (SCHE10), providing school users with a comparison of NSLDS program-level enrollment data to Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System program-level data. Also discussed in this newsletter are the Enrollment Reporting Compliance Notifications (described in an April 21, 2017 electronic announcement), a reminder about Enrollment Reporting Statistics, and the new Award ID Search capability which allows users to search for a loan using an award ID.

NSLDS Newsletter #58 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #58 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #57

This newsletter describes the new Organization Profile page on the NSLDS Professional Access website. This page allows users to view and update the school’s scheduled reports, view batch services the school is signed up for, and view and update the Transfer Student Monitoring (TSM) Profile. The newsletter also describes enhancements to the Report Tab.

NSLDS Newsletter #57 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #57 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #56

This newsletter describes the Enrollment Errors Report, a new report that can assist schools with monitoring errors generated by the school's submission of enrollment data to NSLDS.

NSLDS Newsletter #56 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #56 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #55

This newsletter describes enhancements to NSLDS and the NSLDS Professional Access Web site including new functionality for enrollment reporting, a recent update to the School Portfolio Report Import Tool, and the new Perkins Spreadsheet Submittal upload process.

NSLDS Newsletter #55 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #55 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #54

This newsletter describes recent enhancements to the NSLDS Student Access Web site and provides an overview of existing functions on the site.

NSLDS Newsletter #54 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #54 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #53

This newsletter describes enhancements to NSLDS and the NSLDS Professional Access Web site including the new Perkins Spreadsheet Submittal upload process, new functionality for enrollment reporting, and the addition of the Borrower Defense Discharge Code.

NSLDS Newsletter #53 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #53 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #52

This newsletter describes enhancements to NSLDS and the NSLDS Professional Access Web site, including the addition of the Reaffirmation Indicator, updates to Unusual Enrollment History (UEH) determination, and enhancements to payment and repayment information on the Loan Detail page.

NSLDS Newsletter #52 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #52 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #51

This newsletter describes enhancements to NSLDS and the NSLDS Professional Access Web site, including new Cohort Default Rate (CDR) reports and enhancements to the NSLDS enrollment reporting process. Information about compliance with program-level enrollment reporting requirements is also provided.

NSLDS Newsletter #51 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #51 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #50

This newsletter describes recent enhancements to the NSLDS Exit Counseling Submittal Functionality on the NSLDS Professional Access Web site, and to the Exit Counseling Submittal Template.

NSLDS Newsletter #50 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #50 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #49

This newsletter describes enhancements to NSLDS enrollment reporting, including student address reporting, correct reporting of program data, the availability of enrollment reporting statistics online, and the new Enrollment Statistics Report. The newsletter also describes an enhancement to the gainful employment (GE) process to assist schools with the accurate reporting of social security numbers, and provides a reminder about GE reporting deadlines.

NSLDS Newsletter #49 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #49 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #48

This newsletter describes enhancements to NSLDS to support the reporting and display of reaffirmation data, including enhancements to the NSLDS Professional Access Web site, the NSLDS Student Access Web site, and to the prescreening and postscreening processes.

NSLDS Newsletter #48 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #48 (PDF Version)

Newsletter #47

This newsletter describes enhancements to NSLDS and the NSLDS Professional Access Web site including 2015-2016 eligibility enhancements and updates to the enrollment reporting Web pages.

NSLDS Newsletter #47 (Word Version)

NSLDS Newsletter #47 (PDF Version)

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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