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Follow the Latest NSLDS Guidelines to Correctly Report Published Program Length Measurements and Begin Dates

In NSLDS Newsletter #55, FSA announced a series of new error codes to improve the accuracy of program-level reporting.

These include SSCR Error Codes:

  • 77: Identifies program lengths that are too short for the associated credential level
  • 78: Identifies program lengths that are too long for the associated credential level
  • 79: Imposed on a student’s record when the reported program begin date is too far in the past

In the newsletter, NSLDS reminded schools to “report traditional programs in Years rather than in Months. For example, report a four year program as 4 years, not as 48 months. When program length is reported in months or weeks, NSLDS uses this value along with the ‘Weeks in Academic Year’ value to calculate a program length in years. This can result in program lengths that are too long.”

As a result of these new error codes and evolving NSLDS guidance, we strongly encourage our schools to review their program lengths and Program Begin Dates to avoid potential compliance findings. As your partner, the Clearinghouse will continue to work with FSA and NSLDS to interpret these new error codes and what they mean for our participating schools.

If you have questions or concerns related to your SSCR Error Reports, contact our Audit Resource Center at auditresource@studentclearinghouse.org.