The MyStudentData Download button allows you to download your federal student grant and/or loan information or your FAFSA information in a plain text file.

Find out where to access MyStudentData Download and how to use the function.

MyStudentData Download

If you have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or have received federal student aid, you might be interested in using the MyStudentData Download button at FAFSA on the Web or at StudentAid.gov to retrieve your data from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®).

What is the MyStudentData Download function?
How do I use the FAFSA on the Web MyStudentData Download function? 
How do I use the NSLDS MyStudentData Download function on StudentAid.gov?


What is the MyStudentData Download function?

The MyStudentData Download function was developed as part of the Education Data Initiative, which is designed to make your education-related data available, machine-readable, and accessible to you while protecting your personal privacy. For instance, on FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov, you can use the function to download certain data elements from your FAFSA. On StudentAid.gov, you can use the function to download loan, grant, enrollment, and overpayment information. In both cases, your information is placed into a user-friendly, machine-readable, plain-text file.

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How do I use the FAFSA on the Web MyStudentData Download function?

You can access the MyStudentData Download function in English or Spanish at www.fafsa.gov if (a) your FAFSA has been processed and (b) you have a valid Federal Student Aid PIN. You, the applicant, can download your own information—but not your parents’ or spouse’s—from your FAFSA.

Here’s how you use the function:

  1. Log in at www.fafsa.gov.
  2. At the bottom of the “My FAFSA” page, click on “MyStudentData Download.”
  3. You will be taken to a page that describes the new function and allows you to select a FAFSA transaction to download. 
  4. After choosing whether to download the file in English or Spanish, provide your Federal Student Aid PIN.
  5. Specify a file location for downloading (i.e., say where on your computer you want to save the file to). 
  6. A warning will alert you that you should not download the file—which contains personal information about you—to a public computer.
  7. The file will download to the specified location as a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file.

CSV files can be opened easily in a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel for viewing, sorting, and printing. The file will contain FAFSA field labels and the value for each field on the transaction you selected for download.

Remember, MyStudentData Download is just one way of accessing your FAFSA data. You can easily review all of your answers to the FAFSA questions on your Student Aid Report.

The MyStudentData Download function is separate from the process of applying for financial aid and is completely optional. The schools you have listed on your FAFSA will receive your financial aid information directly and do not need a copy of your MyStudentData Download file.

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How do I use the NSLDS MyStudentData Download function on StudentAid.gov?

You can access the MyStudentData Download function right here on StudentAid.gov. The simple text file includes loan information (e.g., loan amount, disbursement amount) and grant information (e.g., award amount, disbursement amount), as well as enrollment and overpayment information. 

Here’s how you use the function:

  1. Log in at StudentAid.gov.
  2. Click or touch “MyStudentData Download.”
  3. A warning will alert you that you should not download the file—which contains personal information about you—to a public computer.
  4. Click or touch “Confirm.”
  5. Specify a file location for saving and downloading (i.e., designate to what location on your computer you want to save the file). If you are using a mobile device, your data may open in a new window or it may download, depending on your device.
  6. The file will download to the specified location.

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