Posted Date: December 15, 2011

Author:  Pamela Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Reminder - Change to Login Process for NSLDS Professional Access Web Site Planned for December 18, 2011

This is a reminder of the upcoming change to the login process for the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. Beginning Sunday, December 18, 2011, National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) users will no longer enter their NSLDS ID and password to log in to the Web site. Instead, a Federal Student Aid User ID (FSA User ID) and password will be used to authenticate each user’s identity prior to allowing access to the NSLDS Professional Access Web site.

This change will bring the NSLDS behind Federal Student Aid’s Access and Identity Management System (AIMS) and is another step toward our goal of providing a "single sign-on" process for users of multiple systems. Through AIMS, authorized users are able to log in once to access multiple Federal Student Aid systems rather than needing to log in multiple times using various authentication methods.

Note: We previously communicated our expectation to complete the move of the NSLDS behind AIMS by the end of the weekly routine maintenance period on Sunday, December 18, 2011. However, on December 18th the outage period will be extended until 7:00 P.M. (ET) to accommodate annual system updates to a related system. Accordingly, NSLDS users need to be prepared to use their FSA User ID and password to access the NSLDS Professional Access Web site from 7:00 P.M. (ET) on December 18th forward. If an NSLDS user who does not currently have an FSA User ID does not obtain one prior to the transition, the user will not be able to access the NSLDS Professional Access Web site until he or she completes the registration steps outlined in our posted communications.

We appreciate the assistance that all NSLDS users will provide as we move the NSLDS behind AIMS and implement the new login process. For complete information, refer to our December 8, 2011 Electronic Announcement, GA-2011-07, or LLS-2011-05 on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.

Contact Information

If you have questions about how to enroll to become an NSLDS user or how to register for an FSA User ID, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at

If you have questions about the NSLDS or navigating the NSLDS Professional Access Web site, contact the NSLDS Customer Support Center at 800/999-8219. You can also contact Customer Support by e-mail at


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