NSLDS is gearing up to begin sending Enrollment Reporting Compliance Notifications in June 2019. NSLDS Newsletter 64 provides some insight as to what’s to come for schools that fail to report enrollment status timely and properly. Here’s what is says:
Compliance Notifications will be sent to schools that are not reporting Program-Level enrollment information for a sufficient portion of their students. NSLDS tracks whether a school has reported Program-Level enrollment information for at least 90% of the students on its Enrollment Reporting Roster.
When NSLDS determines that a school does not meet the 90% minimum threshold, the school will receive an initial warning notification from NSLDS, addressed to the school’s Financial Aid Administrator (FAA) and the Enrollment Reporting Contact, as provided on the ORG tab of the NSLDS Professional Access website.
If your school has not yet provided an Enrollment Reporting Contact for each of its locations, such as a representative from the Registrar’s Office, please do so as soon as possible. Note that this contact cannot be someone from a school’s third-party servicer.
Schools will receive a separate Enrollment Reporting Compliance Notification for each of its locations that are under the 90% threshold.
If the school’s reporting performance does not improve, the school will receive a second warning notification addressed to the FAA and to the Enrollment Reporting Contact, with the school’s President or CEO copied.
If the school’s performance still does not improve after two warning notifications, it will receive a third notification that the school has been referred to Federal Student Aid’s Program Compliance office for consideration of possible sanctions.
This third notification will be addressed to the school’s President/CEO, with copies to the school’s FAA and Enrollment Reporting Contact. The Program-Level reporting threshold is set at 90% to allow for instances in which a school may have a small percentage of students included on its NSLDS Enrollment Reporting Roster who are not enrolled in academic programs. While these students are not receiving aid at the reporting institution, they are enrolled in, for example, continuing education coursework.