Posted Date: September 22, 2011

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

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #22 - Updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide (September 22, 2011) and NSLDS Newsletter #34 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of an update to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Gainful Employment User Guide, now available on the NSLDS User Documentation page of the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.  The guide can also be downloaded from the "Resources" section of the Gainful Employment Information Page. Institutions should use information in the updated guide to prepare their systems to submit required gainful employment information to the U.S. Department of Education (the Department). 

The updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide provides additional information about the gainful employment reporting process, including an expanded comma separated value (CSV) file format description and the error codes that will be used in the GE Response Error/Acknowledgement File.  Updated information on the NSLDS Professional Access online reporting option is also included in the user guide, including updated screenshots.  This new functionality will be available to institutions on September 26, 2011.

To further assist institutions to prepare for gainful employment reporting via NSLDS and to supplement the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide, NSLDS Newsletter #34 is now available on the IFAP Web site.  This newsletter discusses new gainful employment reporting functionalities of NSLDS, including the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. This newsletter also provides helpful tips on gainful employment reporting using the various NSLDS reporting options, including the NSLDS GE Submittal Template.

Please refer to the updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide and NSLDS Newsletter #34 for the most current information about the NSLDS gainful employment reporting process.

As a reminder, in previous Gainful Employment Electronic Announcements we advised institutions that while the regulations provide that the deadline for institutions to report GE Program information is October 1, 2011, the Department will continue to accept information through November 15, 2011.  This means that institutions have until November 15, 2011 to meet the GE Program reporting requirements without any adverse action taken by the Department.

Contact Information

If you have technical questions about the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide, please send an e-mail to

If you have other questions about the gainful employment regulations, please send an e-mail to


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