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National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.

About Enrollment Reporting

Since the passage of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, institutions have been required to confirm and report the enrollment status of attending students who receive Federal loans. This process is called Enrollment Reporting (formerly the Student Status Confirmation Report (SSCR)). Schools report the enrollment status of students receiving Title IV aid to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and this enrollment information is merged to the NSLDS database and reported to the guarantors, lenders, and servicers of student loans.

Because a student's enrollment status determines deferment eligibility, grace periods, and repayment schedules, as well as the government's payment of interest subsidies, Enrollment Reporting is critical for effective administration of Title IV loans. Enrollment Reporting is the primary means of verifying students' loan privileges and the Federal government's financial obligations.

In 1996, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) began using NSLDS to track the enrollment of all student loan borrowers. ED has incorporated Enrollment Reporting into NSLDS to centralize and fully automate the enrollment verification system. The Enrollment Reporting process benefits the entire student loan community: students, schools, Guaranty Agencies (GAs), the Direct Loan servicer, loan holders, and ED.

About Gainful Employment Reporting

Final regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.

Finally, the new regulations require institutions to notify the Department if they wish to add an additional GE Program to its list of Title IV eligible programs. All of these requirements are effective July 1, 2011. The Secretary published additional regulations related to the program eligibility metrics that will be calculated for gainful employment programs in the Federal Register on June 13, 2011.

The US Department of Education has posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) located at http://ifap.ed.gov/GainfulEmploymentInfo/2011GEFAQ.html which provide information and operational guidance on the requirements of the new gainful employment regulations. Institutions must review the final regulations as published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, to ensure that they are in compliance with all of the Gainful Employment Program requirements. The listing of Frequently Asked Questions will be updated periodically and include the date of the update.

If you have questions or concerns that have not been addressed, please submit them to GE-Questions@ED.gov and include the name of the institution. All information related to Gainful Employment is posted and available at http://ifap.ed.gov/GainfulEmploymentInfo/index.html.



PESC Approved NSLDS Data Standards

- Enrollment Reporting


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