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Learn what SSCR error code 77 is, what causes it, and how to resolve the error. Per the NSLDS, SSCR error code 77 is caused by a Published Program Length that is too short.

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Welcome to the tutorial on SSCR error code 77. The purpose of this tutorial is to explain what SSCR error code 77 is, what causes it, and how to resolve the error.

Per the NSLDS, SSCR error code 77 is caused by a Published Program Length that is too short. This error typically occurs in two situations: First, when a number appears in the wrong place within a data field and second when the length is too short after NSLDS converts the length into years.

This chart from the NSLDS reporting guide shows the minimum and maximum program lengths for each credential level.

The first scenario for sscr error code 77 occurs when a number appears in the wrong place within the data field. Program lengths should be reported in the six-digit format with an implied decimal between the third and fourth digits. To resolve SSCR error code 77 in this scenario, update Published Program Length to the correct program length using the six-digit format.

Here is an example of error code 77 where there is a number in the wrong place in the data field. The program length is listed as 000002 or two one thousandths of a year.

If we look at the chart from the NSLDS guide, this length is too short.

The second scenario for SSCR error code 77 occurs due to the NSLDS conversion to years for all programs. Regardless of how a program is reported, NSLDS converts all programs to years. The fields used in this calculation are program length, program length measurement, and number of weeks in the academic year. The formula used in this conversion is listed on the screen. To resolve the error code 77 in this scenario, use the formula to determine the correct program length and update the program as needed to reflect it.
Slide 8 Narrator: Here is an example of error code 77 where the NSLDS conversion shows the program length is too short. After converting the program length of 32 weeks with 38 weeks in the academic year to years, the length is .84 years.

If we look at the chart from the NSLDS guide, this length is too short.

To resolve SSCR error code 77, first access the SSCR error report by logging onto the Clearinghouse’s secure site. After logging in, go under the ‘Student Reporting’ tab. And once there, click on the ‘Enrollment Reporting’ link.

On the next page, go under the ‘NSLDS Reporting’ tab. This will bring you to the list of SSCR error reports returned for your school with the most recent reports at the top of the list.

Click on the hyperlinked number under the ‘# of Students with Errors’ column to access the list of students with errors.

This will bring you to the list of students with errors. Click on the hyperlinked SSN for the student with error code 77 that needs to be corrected.

The next page will show the student’s editable record. Update the Published Length, Length Measurement, and Weeks in Title IV Academic Year as needed to reflect the correct program length. After updating the student record as needed, click the green ‘Submit’ button to send the record to the Clearinghouse for processing.

For additional assistance correcting SSCR error code 77, please reach out to us at SSCRerrors@studentclearinghouse.org.

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