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(ANN-11-14) Subject: Live Internet Webinar – Reporting Gainful Employment Data to NSLDS

Publication Date: June 13, 2011

DCL ID: ANN-11-14

Subject: Live Internet Webinar – Reporting Gainful Employment Data to NSLDS

Summary: This letter announces the second in a series of webinars presented by Federal Student Aid on the regulatory requirements for institutions that offer educational programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This webinar will provide technical information on the NSLDS gainful employment reporting process, including choosing a reporting format, school setup, and how to submit, review, and correct gainful employment data.


The deadline for new program notifications and disclosure of consumer information on GE Programs is July 1, 2011.

The deadline for reporting information about students who were enrolled in GE Programs is October 1, 2011.

Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce the second in a series of webinars designed to provide institutions that participate in the Federal student assistance programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, with information on new regulatory requirements related to Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE Programs). This second webinar will provide a technical overview of the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) gainful employment reporting process, as described in the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide. The webinar will include information about choosing a gainful employment reporting format, including a discussion of the online reporting option using NSLDS Professional Access. School setup for submission of data to NSLDS will be discussed, as well as reviewing and correcting gainful employment data.

The gainful employment final regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions participating in the student financial assistance programs to report, by October 1, 2011 and once a year thereafter, certain information to the Department about students who are enrolled in GE Programs. In addition to reviewing the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide, available on the NSLDS User Documentation page on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site, it is important that financial aid administrators and other campus personnel participating in the webinar review the October 29 regulations and the information provided in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-11-10, posted on April 20, 2011 to the IFAP Web site.

Note: Subsequent webinars in this series will provide information related to the approval process for new GE Programs, as well as information on the determination of the Title IV student aid eligibility of GE Programs. Monitor the IFAP Web site for training announcements about these upcoming webinars.

Federal Student Aid staff will present this webinar on NSLDS gainful employment reporting in a 90-minute session offered on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. (ET) and again on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. (ET).

Note: There may be a difference between a trainee’s local time and Eastern Time. To determine local time and its Eastern Time zone equivalent, click on this link:

Advance registration is required for this training and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for the webinar, click on this link:

Once registered, we will send an e-mail confirmation to the trainee. The trainee should retain this confirmation, as it contains important information, including linking and log in information for the Web site and system test links.

PowerPoint slides will be available for each trainee to download after he or she signs in to the webinar. During the webinar, trainees will be able to ask questions electronically using their computers.

We look forward to your participation in this instructor-led, online training opportunity.

If you have technical questions about using NSLDS to report gainful employment information, please send an e-mail to

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


Jana Hernandes
Service Director, Operations
Federal Student Aid

Last Modified: 06/12/2011