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(General) Subject: Availability of New NSLDS Enrollment Reporting Guide (April 2014)

Posted Date:April 25, 2014

Author: Pamela Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Availability of New NSLDS Enrollment Reporting Guide (April 2014)

We are pleased to announce the availability of the new NSLDS Enrollment Reporting Guide, a comprehensive document containing step-by-step instructions for reporting enrollment information to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), using both batch and online reporting options. The Enrollment Reporting Guide incorporates the latest enrollment reporting requirements and changes as they relate to the 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit.

For more information about changes to the requirements for institutional reporting of enrollment information to NSLDS, refer to Dear Colleague Letter GEN-14-07, posted to the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site on April 14, 2014.

This new guide replaces the version of the guide posted in January 2013. The new guide addresses the following requirements:

  • Schools must begin reporting program-level enrollment information by October 1, 2014 using the new NSLDS Enrollment Reporting file layouts (in fixed-width or comma separated values [CSV] format) or using one of the online options (Enrollment Maintenance or Spreadsheet Submittal).

    Note: Beginning October 1, 2014, NSLDS will no longer accept files in the previous Original and Enhanced fixed-width or CSV formats. At the same time, NSLDS will stop accepting files in the XML format, although support for XML file exchange with a modified schema may resume at a later date.

  • Beginning July 1, 2014, enrollment reporting schedules with frequencies greater than two months will be automatically updated to the new default schedule of every two months.

  • A new Enrollment Status of ‘Q’ for three-quarter time has been added as a valid value.

The new NSLDS Enrollment Reporting Guide (April 2014) is now available on the IFAP Web site, in the NSLDS User Documentation section.

Contact Information

If you have questions about NSLDS or the new Enrollment Reporting Guide, contact the NSLDS Customer Support Center at 800/999-8219. You can also contact Customer Support by e-mail at

Last Modified: 04/24/2014