Posted Date: January 30, 2017

Author:  Jeff Baker, Director, Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #104 - Updated Final GE Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) Rates Information on FSA Data Center

We have updated the final Debt Measure Year 2015 Gainful Employment (GE) Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) rates information that is available on the Federal Student Aid Data Center to identify the GE programs for which we have received a Notice of Intent to Appeal. As described in Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #101, institutions seeking to use alternate earnings to appeal a zone or failing rate for a GE program were required to email a Notice of Intent to Appeal within 14 days of the issuance of Final D/E rates (on or before January 23, 2017).

The “Appeal Status” column on the Debt to Earnings data spreadsheet on the Federal Student Aid Data Center now includes an “A” if a Notice of Intent to Appeal was filed by the institution by the deadline.

As a reminder, final appeal documentation must be submitted to the Department within 60 days of the issuance of Final D/E rates (on or before Friday, March 10, 2017). For more information on alternate earnings appeals, refer to Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #95.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the information in this Electronic Announcement, contact the Gainful Employment Operations Team at

The Gainful Employment Information Page on the IFAP website contains publications and resources on GE as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have a policy question about the GE regulations that has not already been addressed in the FAQs section of the Gainful Employment Information Page, please submit the question to


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