Setting Up Your Account

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

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. At the top of the screen, enter your current password. 4. Select either “Use Suggested Password” or “Type Custom Password.” 5. If you selected “Type Custom Password,” enter your new password in the […]

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 Your file name should: Include your OPE ID and school branch codes (if you do not have a branch code, use “00”) You can use an optional two or three letter extension to identify the type […]

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 account. See Logging On To Your Account. 2. […]

Retrieving Your File

If the Clearinghouse placed a file in your receive folder, your  contact will receive an email alert: 1. Log on to your secure FTP account. 2. Click “Go to Your Home Folder.” 3. Browse to your receive folder. 4. Click the “Download” link under “Actions” to download the file (click […]

Using Folders

When your secure account is established, a folder structure is created based on your user name. In this example for user 00123400, the folders are: > Home (Parent) Folder All user home folders are located under the Home or Parent folder You can only see and access your user home […]

Using Your Log

The logs page provides an easy way to look up file transfers, password changes and other audited activities. Click “Logs” in the left navigation area to display your log entries. “Log Entries” displays recent file transfers, such as uploads and downloads, and recent administrative activities, such as password and user […]