If you borrowed federal student loans to help pay for school, you already know that you have to pay that money back. But do you know where to make those payments?
Your student loan debt may seem like some elusive super villain, but it doesn't take a globe-trotting ace detective to track down your federal student loan details—you just need to know where to look.
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Your Mission: Access NSLDS
The National Student Loan Data System (code name: NSLDS®) is the government's central database for federal student loans. Your assignment is to log in to NSLDS and use it to find your federal student loan information.
You can access NSLDS for free to find out who holds your federal student loans, how much you owe, and much more.
Check your dossier to make sure you have everything you need.
- The NSLDS website: nslds.ed.gov
- Your Social Security number
- Your first and last name and middle initial
- Your date of birth
- ? Your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
Good luck, sleuth.
First Stop: Your FSA ID
You need a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to access NSLDS. You may already have one from when you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If so, enter that to log in to NSLDS. If you used an FSA Personal Identification Number (PIN) for your FAFSA, you’ll need to create an ID at fsaid.ed.gov. You can also change your ID there or ask for a hint to remember your old one—but first, you'll have to enter some basic security information.
It's a student loan henchman!
You must be on the right track ...
Next Stop: NSLDS
Now that you have all of the information you need to access NSLDS, go to nslds.ed.gov and log in. Once you're in, you'll see all of your federal student loans and some information about them displayed in a chart.
Hint: An undersecretary says, "Click each of the blue buttons in the far left column to find out where you need to send your federal student loan payments and when they're due. Each button corresponds with a different loan, so check them all."
It's another student loan henchman!
You're getting close, gumshoe!
You Solved The Case!
Congrats! You've found the federal student loan details you were looking for!
If you have specific questions about your loans, use your loan holder's contact information to get in touch with them directly.