Posted Date:March 25, 2013
|Author:||Pamela Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid|
Subject: Reminder- Upcoming Deadline for Transition to New NSLDS Enrollment Reporting File Layouts and Retirement of SSCR Software
We would like to remind the community that all schools are expected to transition to the new National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Enrollment Reporting file layouts by March 31, 2013. In addition, we would like to remind users of the SSCR for Windows software that after March 31, 2013, the software may no longer be used to submit enrollment data to the NSLDS. We will remove the SSCR for Windows software from the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site on April 1, 2013.
See below for additional resources about the enhanced Enrollment Reporting process and information regarding the retirement of the SSCR for Windows software.
NSLDS Enrollment Reporting Process Resources
We first described the changes to the NSLDS Enrollment Reporting process and the new reporting formats in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-12-06, posted to the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site on March 30, 2012. On June 24, 2012 we implemented the enhancements in the NSLDS and NSLDS began accepting the new reporting formats.
Resources regarding this change include the following:
The new NSLDS Enrollment Reporting file layouts, posted in the NSLDS Record Layouts section on the IFAP Web site on April 6, 2012;
NSLDS Newsletter 39, providing instructions on selecting file preferences;
NSLDS Newsletter 40, including information on the new spreadsheet upload process;
The NSLDS Enrollment Reporting Guide, a comprehensive document containing step-by-step instructions for reporting enrollment, using both the batch and online options.
We appreciate the assistance of all schools in making the transition to the new reporting file layouts by the end of March 2013.
Retirement of SSCR for Windows Software
As noted above, on April 1, 2013 we will remove the SSCR for Windows software from the FSAdownload Web site. The SSCR software will not be updated to support the new file layouts and will be retired.
As described in NSLDS Newsletter 40, one alternative to the SSCR for Windows software is to submit an NSLDS Enrollment Spreadsheet Submittal file through the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. The submittal format is designed to be used with a columnar spreadsheet application and allows schools to upload and submit up to 2500 records/rows of enrollment data at a time. With the use of the spreadsheet upload, schools do not have to return a roster file to NSLDS using the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG). Submitting the spreadsheet is the same as providing a returned roster file.
Additional information about the submittal format may be found in the NSLDS Enrollment Spreadsheet Submittal documentation posted to the FSAdownload Web site, including the Cover Letter, Download Guide, and Submittal Instruction Guide.
For comprehensive information on the new NSLDS Enrollment Reporting process, refer to the resources described in the previous section.
We appreciate the assistance of all schools in ensuring that NSLDS includes the most useful and accurate information possible.
If you have questions about the new NSLDS Enrollment Reporting process and record layouts, contact the NSLDS Customer Support Center at 800/999-8219. You can also contact Customer Support by e-mail at email@example.com.
NSLDS Professional Access Web site users may also access information by clicking on the question mark icon on each Web page. Help text provides detailed assistance with many Enrollment Reporting features, including updating preferences on the NSLDS Enrollment Profile page, use of the NSLDS Enrollment Update and Enrollment Maintenance pages, as well as the Enrollment Submittal Web page.