Federal Student Aid Office to Send Letters of Non-Compliance

On Thursday, March 9, representatives from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), and the National Student Clearinghouse participated in a conference call with staff from the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) and National Student Loan Data System for Students (NSLDS) offices.

The purpose of the call was to discuss the Enrollment Reporting Statistics score that is calculated and reported for each school, every month on the NSLDS site. During the call, FSA stated that they intend to send letters of non-compliance in the coming weeks to institutions that have a score below 90 percent.

Other key points discussed:  

  • The first series of letters will be sent to an institution’s financial aid administrator and enrollment reporting contacts as designated in NSLDS. Make sure these roles are updated by logging into NSLDS and verifying the correct individuals are assigned to your school.
  • Clearinghouse, AACRAO and NASFAA representatives shared reporting scenarios and examples of student behaviors that can negatively impact the scores. Based upon the information shared, FSA committed to releasing guidance to address several reporting scenarios.
  • FSA agreed to share information on the process schools can follow to request a customized score threshold that will be driven by the behaviors of their students.
  • If you think that the score calculated for your institution is negatively impacted by specific reporting scenarios and/or student enrollment behaviors, you can use the “Leave a Reply” comment feature below to provide private comments to the Clearinghouse or email us at schoolops@studentclearinghouse.org.

As always, the Clearinghouse is committed to working with you on regulatory compliance matters as quickly as possible. Please contact us at schoolops@studentclearinghouse.org, if you have any questions.