Posted Date: November 17, 2015

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

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #69 - Updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide

We are pleased to announce the availability of an updated version of the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Gainful Employment User Guide, now available on the NSLDS User Documentation page on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.

In this update we have made minor revisions to the file layout for the Gainful Employment Completers List Report (GEPDC1) in Appendix B.3 as well as to the GE Completers List file layout in Appendix C. The following three field descriptions were updated in the Gainful Employment Completers List Program GE Record section, in both file layouts:

  • Title IV Loan Amount

  • Debt Amount Source Indicator

  • Debt Amount

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

As a reminder, in the coming weeks NSLDS will generate and send to the SAIG mailbox designated by each school a Draft GE Completers List. Schools will have 45 days to review and challenge the information in the file. NSLDS will then send each school its Final GE Completers List.

Note: To assist schools with understanding how to read the GE Completers List, we are offering a webinar on November 18, 2015 titled "Interpreting the GE Completers List." Refer to Dear Colleague Letter ANN-15-16 for registration information.

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

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 has not already been addressed in the FAQ section of the Gainful Employment Information Page, please submit the question to


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