Publication Date: May 13, 2016

DCL ID:  ANN-16-09

Subject: Live Internet Webinars - Gainful Employment: Reading Your Draft GE Completers List Files and Submitting GE Completers List Corrections

Summary: This letter announces two instructor-led, online training sessions that will provide information about the GE Completers List that will be distributed to institutions in the near future, including how to interpret the data and how to submit a correction to the data.

Dear Colleague:

We are announcing two upcoming webinars that will provide institutions with information about the Gainful Employment (GE) Completers List. The GE Completers List is a list of students who completed a GE Program during the applicable cohort period, using data provided by the institution and other data in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®). As we announced in GE Electronic Announcement #74, NSLDS will generate and send a Draft GE Completers List to the institutionally designated Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) mailbox by June 1, 2016. Consistent with the GE regulations at 34 CFR 668.405, institutions will have 45 days to submit corrections to the information included in the Draft GE Completers List. Following distribution of the lists, we will announce the dates of the 45-day corrections period. Corrections to the list will be submitted using the NSLDS Professional Access Web site.

The first webinar, titled “Reading Your Draft GE Completers List Files,” will describe the GE Completers List and the origin of the data included on it. We will describe the various data fields on the list, and how to read and interpret the information. In addition, we will also discuss the GE Completers List Report, an institution-requested report that will provide the data that was used to create the institution’s GE Completers List. This training will also describe the use of two new tools to be provided by Federal Student Aid to assist institutions with reading their GE Completers List backup detail files: an Excel parsing tool and a standalone import tool and reader. This training is intended for anyone who will be working with the GE Completers List and who needs to understand how to effectively manage and respond to the data.

  • Federal Student Aid staff will present this webinar in a one-hour session offered on Thursday, June 2, 2016, and again on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, both at 2:00 P.M. (ET).

The second webinar, titled “Submitting GE Completers List Corrections,” will discuss the process for institutions to submit data corrections to the Draft GE Completers List using the NSLDS Professional Access Web site.

  • Federal Student Aid staff will present this webinar in a 90-minute session offered on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, and again on Thursday, June 16, 2016, both at 1:30 P.M. (ET).

To register for one or both of these webinars, click on this link:

Note: There may be a difference between a trainee’s local time and Eastern Time. To determine local time and its Eastern Time zone equivalent, click on this link:

Advance registration is required for this training and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To allow for as many participants as possible, we strongly encourage groups to view the webinar from a single location if accommodations allow. If viewing as a group, only one person from the group needs to register.

Once registered, we will send an e-mail confirmation to the trainee. The trainee should retain this confirmation, as it contains important information, including linking and log in information for the Web site, system test links, and cancellation information. If unable to attend, we request that the trainee cancel his or her registration so that individuals who wish to attend may do so.

PowerPoint slides will be available for each trainee to download after he or she signs in to the webinar. During the webinar, trainees will be able to ask questions electronically using their computers.

We look forward to your participation in this instructor-led, online training opportunity.

If you have questions about using NSLDS, contact the NSLDS Customer Support Center at 800/999-8219. You can also contact Customer Support by e-mail at

Complete information on the GE Program requirements is available on the Gainful Employment Information page on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.


Federal Student Aid


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