In addition to providing students with access to their data in a simple, downloadable format, a goal of the Education Data Initiative is to collaborate with partners in the private sector to encourage the creation of consumer-facing tools, products, and services—such as mobile apps and online tools—that may be used in conjunction with the student data and improve student decision-making and success.
To assist software vendors with designing new tools for students to maximize the usefulness of the data, we have posted the NSLDS MyData Button file layout in the NSLDS Record Layouts section on the IFAP Web site. This document defines the layout of the file that students will be able to download from NSLDS Student Access.
The Layouts, dated October 24, 2007, describe the file formatting for the Transfer Student Monitoring (TSM) and Financial Aid History (FAH) batch files, replace the earlier version of the NSLDS Transfer Student Monitoring/Financial Aid History Processes and Batch File Layouts dated October 24, 2006, and include description updates and layout changes.
On October 31, 2000, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released NSLDS Technical Update for Lenders and Lender Servicers-2000-01 that announced the introduction of eight new Loan Status Codes to be reported for the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Lenders and servicers were required to use new codes for NSLDS reporting by no later than December 31, 2001. In addition to adding eight codes, three status codes were retired and cannot be used if the effective date of the status is on/after January 1, 2002.
On September 19, 2001, ED published a revised NSLDS Loan Status Code Table that clarified reporting requirements and student eligibility. The table defined when each status code is to be used and the effective dates and loan balances applicable to the codes.