Posted Date: October 13, 2011

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

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #26 – Updated NSLDS Gainful Employment Submittal Template

We are pleased to announce an updated National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Gainful Employment Submittal Template is now available on the Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, under the Software and Associated Documents link.

Designed to be used with the Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet application, the template provides schools with the option to upload and submit to NSLDS up to 50 records/rows of gainful employment data at a time. After the school adds gainful employment information to the template spreadsheet, the school then uploads and transfers the data to the NSLDS Professional Access Web site, after confirming the data is correct and should be saved to NSLDS.

The updated template provides additional instructions to assist schools with submitting gainful employment data using the spreadsheet upload feature. Additionally, the file size of the spreadsheet has been reduced to improve upload speed.

Note: NSLDS will continue to accept the original version of the NSLDS Gainful Employment Submittal Template, in addition to this updated version.

For a complete description of the NSLDS Gainful Employment Submittal Template, refer to the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide, available on the NSLDS User Documentation page of the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site, as well as from the "Resources" section of the Gainful Employment Information Page. Information about using the template is also provided in the Cover Letter and Download Guide, available with the template on the FSAdownload Web site, as well as in NSLDS Newsletter #34.

Contact Information

If you have questions about downloading or using the NSLDS Gainful Employment Submittal Template, contact the NSLDS Customer Support Center at 800/999-8219. You can also contact Customer Support by e-mail at

The Gainful Employment Information Page on the IFAP Web site contains publications and resources on gainful employment as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  Policy questions that have not already been addressed in the FAQ section of the Gainful Employment Information Page may be submitted to


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