Summary: Availability of the Department of Education (ED) web site giving students internet access to information about any Title IV aid they have received.
Author: NSLDS - National Student Loan Data System
Posted on November 22, 1999
We are pleased to call to your attention to the availability of the Department of Education (ED) web site giving students internet access to information about any Title IV aid they have received. Should students have questions about the information they find there, the site helps them find the right person to contact at the appropriate organization. This site, http://www.nslds.ed.gov, is part of the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). It was created in the spring of 1999 in response to Congress's 1998 HEA amendments.
NSLDS maintains records on Federal Family Education Loan Program Loans, Direct Loans, Perkins Loans, Pell Grants, and loan or grant overpayments. As a result, this new site is the only place many aid recipients can obtain a comprehensive picture of the federal loans and grants they have received.
In order to access the site, students need a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Students who already have an Electronic Access Code (EAC) can use that code as a PIN; they do not need to obtain a new PIN. Starting with the 20002001 academic year, all Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicants who pass the Social Security Administration match will automatically receive a PIN. Beginning next Spring, any student or former borrower will be able to obtain a PIN by registering at the ED PIN web site, http://www.pin.ed.gov/.
You can help in two ways to get this useful new tool into the hands of students:
Let students and financial aid professionals know about the web site. Feel free to create links to the site from your own web site, and include the URL in your publications.
Make sure the contact information for your own organization is up-to-date on NSLDS. The contact you identify as Customer Svc (Borrowers) on the NSLDS web site for financial aid professionals (http://www.nsldsfap.ed.gov) is displayed on the student web site. This is the only person students know to contact if they have questions to ask your organization. Please review this and all other contact information for your organization to ensure that students and financial aid professionals have access to accurate referral information.
If you have comments or suggestions about either the student site or the financial aid professional's NSLDS web site, please contact the NSLDS Customer Service Center at (800) 9998219, or email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
F. Lynn Alexander, Director
National Student Loan Data System