If you have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form or have received federal student aid, you might be interested in using the MyStudentData Download function at fafsa.gov or at StudentAid.gov to retrieve your data from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) database.
The MyStudentData Download function allows you to access your education related data in a simple, machine-readable file.
For instance, at fafsa.gov, you can use it to download certain data elements from your FAFSA form. At StudentAid.gov, you can use it to download loan, grant, enrollment, and overpayment information. In both cases, your information is placed into a user-friendly, machine-readable, plain-text file.
The MyStudentData Download function is available in English or Spanish at fafsa.gov if (a) your FAFSA form has been processed and (b) you have a valid FSA ID. You can get your information—not your parents’ or spouse’s—from your FAFSA form.
Here’s how you use it:
- Log in at fafsa.gov.
- Near the middle of the “My FAFSA” page, select the “Create a shareable file with some of your student information using MyStudentData Download” link.
- Next, you’ll see a page that describes the download function; select a FAFSA transaction to download.
- After choosing which FAFSA transaction to download and whether the file should be in English or Spanish, a warning will alert you that you should not download the file—which contains personal information about you—to a public computer.
- Select “OK” and then specify a file location for downloading (i.e., say where on your computer you want to save the file to).
- Select “Save” and the file will download as a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file.
The file can be opened easily in a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel. The file will contain FAFSA field labels and values for the transactions you selected.
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 form will receive your financial aid information directly and do not need a copy of your MyStudentData Download file.
You can access the MyStudentData Download function on StudentAid.gov via “My Federal Student Aid.” The simple text file includes loan and grant details, enrollment information, and more.
Here’s how you use it:
- Log in to “My Federal Student Aid” using your FSA ID.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and select the “DOWNLOAD SPREADSHEET” link.
- A warning will alert you that you should not download the file—which contains personal information about you—to a public computer.
- Select “CONFIRM” and then 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.
- Select “Save” and the file will download to the specified location.