Publication Date: June 25, 2018

Posted Date: June 25, 2018

Subject: Federal Perkins Data Provider Instructions (June 2018)

We are pleased to announce the availability of the updated National Student Loan Data System (NSLDSĀ®) Perkins Data Provider Instructions (Version 8.1) in Portable Document Format (PDF). Schools participating in the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Program are required to report detailed loan information to NSLDS. This manual explains Perkins Loan reporting requirements and the processes used to add or update Perkins Loans on NSLDS, including how to use the Perkins DataPrep software.

This updated manual, dated June 2018, replaces the November 2014 version.

We encourage schools and servicers to review the updated instructions, to ensure all data providers have a complete and accurate knowledge of current reporting processes.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this information, contact the NSLDS Customer Support Center at 1-800-999-8219. You can also contact Customer Support by email at


Federal Perkins Data Provider Instructions Version 8.1 in PDF Format, 3.5MB, 176 Pages

Appendix A: Federal Perkins Loans Data Dictionary in PDF Format, 453KB, 140 Pages

Appendix B: Federal Perkins Loan Program Code and Error Tables in PDF Format, 274KB, 57 Pages

Appendix C: Past Period Change Record Layout in PDF Format, 127KB, 26 Pages

Appendix D: Federal Perkins Loans Load Error File (Record Layouts) in PDF Format, 83KB, 6 Pages

Appendix E: Federal Perkins Loans TEF File Layout in PDF Format, 49KB, 4 Pages

Appendix F: Error Submittal Summary Notification File in PDF Format, 60KB, 9 Pages

Appendix G: DataPrep JCL for z/OS in PDF Format, 60KB, 22 Pages

Appendix H: Glossary of Terms in PDF Format, 75KB, 7 Pages

Appendix I: Technical Updates in PDF Format, 36KB, 1 Page

Appendix J: NSLDS Perkins Report File Layout in PDF Format, 92KB, 9 Pages


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