Posted Date: April 5, 2019

Author:  Federal Student Aid

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #118 – Distribution of Final GE Completers Lists and Draft GE Completers Lists Correction Results

This Electronic Announcement provides information about the distribution of institutions’ Final Gainful Employment (GE) Completers Lists as well as information on how institutions may view the outcome of the U.S. Department of Education’s (the Department’s) review of corrections submitted by institutions on their Draft GE Completers Lists.

Consistent with the GE regulations at 34 CFR 668.405, institutions had 45 days to submit corrections to the information included in their Draft GE Completers Lists. The 45-day period ended on July 13, 2018. The Department has completed reviewing all institutionally-submitted corrections. The results from the Department’s review of the corrections to the Draft GE Completers Lists are final determinations. No additional data corrections will be accepted.

Final GE Completers List Files Available in SAIG Mailboxes

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) will generate Final GE Completers Lists and send them to the institutionally-designated Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) mailbox. Institutions will able to retrieve Final GE Completers Lists on April 8, 2019. As with the draft version of the Completers List, the Final GE Completers List will use the GECOMBOP message class. The draft and final versions of the GE Completers List utilize the same file layout, available in the Appendix of the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide. There are no differences in file layout between the two, other than the date on which they were created.

The Final GE Completers Lists will also available by request on the NSLDS Professional Access website under the Reports tab beginning April 8, 2019. The GE Completers List Report (GEPDC1) will be presented in the same format as the Final GE Completers List that will be automatically distributed, as described above. Once requested, the report will be sent with the GECOMPOP message class.

After receiving their Final GE Completers List in their SAIG mailbox, either through the automatic distribution or by request, institutions can review the information using the GE Completers List Viewer and Import tools.

Results of Department’s Review of Draft GE Completers Lists Using NSLDS Professional Access

If an institution submitted Draft GE Completers List corrections, then the institution may review results of the Department’s review of the institution’s corrections on the NSLDS Professional Access website. The results will also be available beginning on April 8, 2019.

The results can be filtered for “Edited” records on the program’s GE Completers List page, on the GE tab. Corrections that have been reviewed by the Department will appear with a checkmark next to the student’s Social Security number. When viewing the GE student detail record, the correction outcome will be marked as follows, in the “Approved” column:

  • Yes – Indicates the correction was approved by the Department and was accepted for the Final GE Completers List
  • No – Indicates the correction was denied by the Department and was not accepted for the Final GE Completers List
  • N/A – Indicates no correction was made by the institution and the original information on the Draft GE Completers List was maintained for the Final GE Completers List

Other Available NSLDS Reports

For institutions that submitted a large number of corrections, we have created a report to assist with a review of those corrections. The GE Completers List Case Outcomes Report (GEPDE1) provides a single listing of all GE Completers List correction results, grouped by GE program. This fixed-width report can be requested on the Reports tab of the NSLDS Professional Access website, and will be delivered to the user’s SAIG mailbox, in message class GEFLFWOP.

If an institution does not see the complete list of reviewed corrections it expects to see, it is possible that the correction(s) were not submitted to the Department for review. The GE Completers List Unsubmitted Cases Report (GEPDD1) contains a list of the institution’s programs which contained at least one correction to the program, but where the institution did not confirm and submit the correction to the Department. This report, also available for request on the Reports tab, will be delivered using SAIG message class GEIPFWOP.

Both reports will be available beginning on April 8, 2019. More information about viewing Draft GE Completers List correction results and GE reports is available in Chapter 7 of the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide.

Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) Rates

Since the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which the Social Security Administration (SSA) shared earnings data with the Department has expired, the Department is unable to calculate D/E rates in 2019.

Contact Information

If you have questions about NSLDS, contact the NSLDS Customer Support Center at 1-800-999-8219. You can also contact Customer Support by email 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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