Posted Date: September 23, 2016

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

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #90 - Updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide

An updated version of the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Gainful Employment User Guide is now available on the NSLDS User Documentation page on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) website.

In this update we revised the GE Completers List File Record Layout in Appendix C and the GE Debt Measures Backup Data Record Layout in Appendix D. In each layout we removed the Debt Amount Source Indicator and the Debt Amount fields in the Program GE Record and replaced the fields with Filler (field positions 117 and 118-126).

The updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide can also be downloaded from the "Resources" section of the Gainful Employment Information Page.

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 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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