Posted Date: August 20, 2015

Author:  Pamela Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #59 - New NSLDS Gainful Employment Program Tracking Functionality

We recently enhanced functionality on the NSLDS Professional Access Web site to assist institutions with managing the requirements for gainful employment (GE) reporting to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDSĀ®). This enhanced functionality includes a new Gainful Employment Program Tracking Web page.

A link to the new Gainful Employment Program Tracking List page has been added to the NSLDS Professional Access Web site under the ORG Tab. This page provides a listing of the GE programs our records show the institution offers. It also shows whether the institution has reported to NSLDS the GE information for the program that is required, pursuant to the GE final regulations that were published on October 31, 2014.

For more information about these enhancements refer to Chapter 4 in the updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide, available on the NSLDS User Documentation page of the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site. The NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide can also be downloaded from the "Resources" section of the Gainful Employment Information Page.

Note: We have also included in the updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide a file layout for a new online report which will provide users with the GE data that their institution has reported to NSLDS. This on-demand GE Program Detail Response Status Report (GEDRS1) is available under the Report Tab on the NSLDS Professional Access Web site.

Important Reminder Regarding the GE Reporting Deadline

The GE final regulations provide that the deadline for institutions to report GE Program information was July 31, 2015, for GE program enrollment information for the 2008-2009 Award Year through the 2013-2014 Award Year. For certain medical and dental programs the reporting must include data from the 2007-2008 Award Year through the 2013-2014 Award Year. While more than 3,500 institutions have reported, our records show that there are a number of institutions that have not complied with the July 31, 2015 reporting requirement. Shortly, we will be communicating with the Presidents or CEOs of those institutions informing them that their institution is out of compliance and may be subject to one or more sanctions. Whether an institution is subject to sanctions, and the severity of those sanctions, will be partially dependent on how quickly the institution becomes compliant by properly reporting to NSLDS. Therefore, institutions that have not yet reported their GE information to NSLDS and those that did not report completely must do so without any further delay.

The GE reporting deadline for the 2014-2015 Award Year is October 1, 2015.

Contact Information

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

The Gainful Employment Information Page on the IFAP Web site contains publications and resources on GE as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have a question about the GE regulations that is not addressed in the FAQ section of the Gainful Employment Information Page, please submit the question to ge-questions@ed.gov.

   

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