Setting Up Your Account

The National Student Clearinghouse supports Secure FTP, an electronic method of safely and securely collecting, storing, managing and exchanging sensitive information between your institution and the Clearinghouse. Our secure FTP environment features an easy-to-use Web browser interface that allows you to view logs of your file and user activity, manage your […]

Logging On To Your Account

1. Go to (You may want to bookmark this site.) 2. Enter your username and password. Clicking on the keyboard icons next to the username and password fields will open a clickable keyboard that can be used to enter your authentication information. Username is NOT case sensitive Password IS […]

Changing Your Password

1. Log on to your account. 2. Click “My Account” in the upper right navigation bar. 3. Enter your current password in the “Enter Old Password” field 4. Select either “Use Suggested Password” or “Type Custom Password” (recommended). To use the suggested password displayed on the page simply click “Change […]

Configuring Your Firewall Settings

Secure (File Transfer Protocol) supports three methods for securely exchanging files with the Clearinghouse: Web Browser interface (HTTPS) FTP over SSL (FTPS) FTP over SSH (SFTP) > Web Browser Interface (HTTPS) Web browsers use port 443 for establishing secure connections to the server. REQUIRED: Allow TCP Port-443 to FTPS.NSLC.ORG > Also […]

Naming & Compressing Your Files

Naming Your File Compressing Your File > Naming Your File – Colleges and Universities The National Student Clearinghouse recommends the following guidelines in file names. 1. Include your OPE ID and school branch codes (if you do not have a branch code, use “00”). 2. Use an optional two or […]

Encrypting Your File & Receiving Encrypted Files

With secure , passwords and files are automatically encrypted for transmission without user involvement, key management, or additional encryption, such as . Built-in cryptography automatically encrypts the data as the file is transferred and re-encrypts the file before it is written on the secure FTP server. At no point is […]

Uploading Files via the Web Browser Interface

The Web browser interface is a quick, easy method of manually transmitting files. For automated environments, please see “Configuring Automated Scripts.” Uploading Files Via the Upload Wizard Uploading Files Manually > Uploading Files Via the Upload Wizard 1. Log onto your secure FTP account. See Logging On To Your Account. […]

Retrieving Your File

Email addresses listed on the FTP account will receive an email when a new file is available to download. 1. Log on to your secure FTP account. New files are displayed on the account home page for up to 14 days after the date they are delivered. Click the download […]

Using Folders

When your secure account is established, a folder structure is created based on your user name. In this example for user 12345600, the folders are: > Home (Parent) Folder All user home folders are located under the Home (Parent) folder You can only see and access your user home folder. […]

Using Your Log

The logs page provides an easy way to look up file transfers, password changes and other audited activities. 1. Click “Logs” in the left navigation area to display your log entries. 2. The next screen allows for entering criteria to filter log entries. To view all log entries DO NOT […]