NASFAA Signs Letter Expressing Concern Over NSLDS Reporting Requirements

NASFAA joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Wednesday in signing a letter that expresses concern over the "short and unrealistic time frame given to institutions to meet the NSLDS reporting requirements released by the Department of Education (ED) on February 27, 2014." The letter explains that a number of components related to the 150% subsidized Direct Loan eligibility provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, enacted in July of 2012, present significant challenges for institutions and urges ED to extend the deadline for institutions to report in the new file formats.

Though ED did not publish the specific reporting requirements until February 2014, some changes are expected to be implemented as early as April 14 with the remainder going into effect by July 1. “While we know that all involved parties are working diligently to update these processes, it is unrealistic to expect this multilayered, multi-organizational process to be built, tested, corrected (as needed)” in the allotted time frame, the letter noted.

Read over the letter and let us know your thoughts. What sort of issues do you foresee this causing at your institution? Tell us in the comments section below.


Publication Date: 3/27/2014

Sandra F | 3/27/2014 12:28:55 PM

We were one of the first schools to begin implementing the last, recent change to enrollment reporting requirements and spent months working directly with NSLDS (supervisors and programmers) on problems/errors with the layouts provided. Then, we tested for a few months and found there were issues internally at NSLDS, both in retrieving the files and getting the NSLDS setup screens to recognize our preferences. We are already in discussions with them for this new set of rules and can almost guarantee there will be issues. The deadline allows only one chance to get it right since the enrollment reporting is not done monthly. For example, our next report is due in May and then not again until after July 1. So, without ordering extra files, we have one shot at testing before the requirement is in place. In addition, the spreadsheet layout has not even yet been made available...

Ernestine W | 3/27/2014 9:27:58 AM

Thanks for pointing out to DOE the need for more time to implement the required reporting, given the needed changes to systems that must be made. Let us hope DOE accepts this request and replies with a realistic time frame.

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