Publication Date: September 26, 2016

DCL ID:  ANN-16-14

Subject: Live Internet Webinars - Gainful Employment: Reading Your Draft GE Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) Rates Files and Submitting Challenges

Summary: This letter announces two instructor-led, online training sessions that will provide information about the draft GE Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) rates that will be distributed to institutions later this year, including how to interpret the backup data that will be provided to institutions and how to submit a challenge to the data.

Dear Colleague:

We are announcing two upcoming webinars that will provide institutions with information about the draft Gainful Employment (GE) Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) rates. The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) will generate and send draft GE D/E rates files to institutionally designated Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) mailboxes later this year. Consistent with the GE regulations at 34 CFR 668.405, institutions will have 45 days to submit challenges to the information included in the draft GE D/E rates files. Following distribution of the files, we will announce the dates of the 45-day challenge period. Data challenges will be submitted using the NSLDS Professional Access website.

The first webinar, titled “Reading Your Draft GE Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) Rates Files,” will focus on the GE Debt Measures Backup Data detail files, sent to institutions by NSLDS, that contain the data used to calculate draft D/E rates for GE Programs. We will describe the various data fields on the detail files and discuss how to read and interpret the information that supports the calculation of the draft rates. We will also discuss an enhanced standalone import tool and reader that will be provided by Federal Student Aid to assist institutions with reading their GE Debt Measures Backup Data detail files. This training is intended for anyone who will be working with the draft GE D/E rates and who needs to understand how to effectively manage and respond to the data.

  • Federal Student Aid staff will present this webinar in a 90-minute session offered on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, and again on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, both at 1:30 P.M. (ET).

The second webinar, titled “Submitting Draft GE Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) Challenges,” will discuss the process for institutions to submit a challenge to the data that the Department used to calculate the draft GE D/E rates. We will describe how to submit challenges on the NSLDS Professional Access website and review the types of supporting documentation that institutions must provide to the Department when submitting challenges. This training is intended for anyone who will be working with the draft GE D/E rates and who needs to understand the challenge process.

  • Federal Student Aid staff will present this webinar in a 90-minute session offered on Thursday, October 20, 2016, and again on Thursday, October 27, 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 email confirmation to the trainee. The trainee should retain this confirmation, as it contains important information, including linking and log in information for the website, 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 email at

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


Federal Student Aid


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