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XML NSLDS - National Student Loan Data System


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.

IFAP Notice 12.02.2011

Letter of Intent



NewsVersion 1.0.0

Implementation Guide

NSLDS Enrollment Reporting XML Schema

Instance Document


XML Schema Documentation


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