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 federal loans and grants that are tracked through the 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 the student through the NSLDS web site?

Students can use the web site to make inquiries about their federal 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 federal loans, including contact information, is also available.

What information does the student need to use the NSLDS Student Access web site?

In order to use the NSLDS Student Access web site, students will need to provide their Social Security number (SSN), the first two letters of their last name, their date of birth, and their FSA ID information (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.