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Do we need to modify our existing Clearinghouse program?

Yes, you will need to make the following minor changes to a copy of your existing Clearinghouse program (do not modify your existing program, make all changes on a copy of the program):

Header Records

If you submit data in the standard Clearinghouse format, your program generates an output file containing a header record, followed by data records. These two data elements in the header record should be changed as follows:

  • Academic Term value should be set to some abbreviation of “Summer Term 200?” that will fit in header positions 11-25
  • Standard Report Flag (position 26) should be set to “N”, for non-standard term data

If you report to the Clearinghouse via a vendor-supplied software interface, consult your vendor about the changes that need to be made in order to submit summer reports.

Data Records

Most programs calculate an enrollment status based on each student’s credit hours. For a summer term, the equivalence between the credit hours and full- or half-time enrollment status can vary. You need to review this logic and adjust the translation values, if necessary.