What is NSLDS?

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid.  It receives data from schools, agencies that guaranty loans, the Direct Loan program, and other U.S. Department of Education programs.  NSLDS provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants that are tracked through their entire cycle; from aid approval through closure. 

When is the NSLDS Student Access web site available?

The NSLDS Student Access web site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  However, maintenance of the NSLDS database can occur on the weekends or late hours.  This may cause the site to be unavailable for a brief period while maintenance is performed.

What information is available to me through the NSLDS web site?

You can use the web site to make inquiries about your Title IV loans and/or grants.  The site displays information on loan and/or grant amounts, outstanding balances, loan statuses, and disbursements.  The Glossary of Terms contains information on terms relating to loans and grants. Information about the loan servicer for your federal loans, including contact information, is also available.

What information do I need to use the NSLDS Student Access web site?

In order to use the NSLDS Student Access web site, you will need to provide your Social Security number (SSN), the first two letters of your last name, your date of birth, and your FSA ID (a user-selected username and password). 

How secure is the NSLDS Student Access web site?

The unique nature of the FSA ID which is needed to access the NSLDS Student Access web site makes it as secure as using an ATM.