COMPLIANCE NOTIFICATIONS – NSLDS ENROLLMENT REPORTING UPDATES – PART 1

Problems with NSLDS Enrollment Reporting will result in fines and sanctions against institutions
Last month, Federal Student Aid published three Electronic Announcements about NSLDS Enrollment Reporting. Over the last few years, some schools have been cited for failing to report students to NSLDS timely as well as for incorrectly reporting student statuses during the summer and other periods of non-attendance. Although most of the guidance isn’t new, they address these common issues very explicitly and will help your school ensure compliance if followed.

This is the first in a three part series, so check back in over the next few days to see parts two and three.

NSLDS ENROLLMENT REPORTING UPDATES

PART 1

COMPLIANCE NOTIFICATIONS

 

Compliance enforcement for enrollment reporting has never been a big deal, but that’s about to change. The Department will soon begin sending Enrollment Reporting Compliance Notifications to schools and according to the Electronic Announcement, a school that receives three compliance notifications will be referred to the Department’s FSA Program Compliance Office for consideration of possible sanctions.

NSLDS will base these notifications on the school’s Enrollment Reporting Statistics, which can be found on the NSLDS Professional Access website and which are calculated for each of a school’s locations (at the 8-digit OPEID-level). Therefore, a separate notification will be sent for each of the school’s locations that fall below the 90% threshold.

The first notification will be sent to a school if its Enrollment Reporting Statistics fall below 90%. This first notification will be sent to the school’s Financial Aid Administrator contact, as provided by the school, and to the school’s Enrollment Reporting contact, if provided by the school on the ORG tab of the NSLDS Professional Access website. If a school has not yet provided an Enrollment Reporting Contact, which cannot be someone from the school’s third-party servicer, the school should do so as soon as possible. The initial set of these first notifications will be based on Enrollment Reporting Statistics calculated on April 19, 2017 for students who were on schools’ Enrollment Reporting rosters on December 5, 2016.

A second notification will be sent if the school’s academic program reporting performance does not improve. While this second notification will again be sent to the school’s Financial Aid Administrator and to its Enrollment Reporting Contact, we will also provide a copy to the school’s President/CEO.

The Department will soon begin sending Enrollment Reporting Compliance Notifications to schools and according to the Electronic Announcement, a school that receives three compliance notifications will be referred to the Department’s FSA Program Compliance Office for consideration of possible sanctions.

If, even after receiving the two earlier notifications, a school remains out of compliance, it will receive a third notification that the school has been referred to the Department.

For more information, check out the Electronic Announcement on Compliance Notifications here: http://bit.ly/2plqyjb


Don’t let audit or program review findings get you down. Get help. Email Info@ed-executives.com or call 203-836-4806.