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(General) Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #4 - NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide

Posted Date:May 23, 2011

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

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #4 - NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide

We are pleased to announce the availability of the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Gainful Employment User Guide. Institutions may use information from the user guide, available on the NSLDS User Documentation page on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site, to submit required gainful employment information to the U.S. Department of Education (the Department). As discussed in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-11-10, 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 Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE Programs).

For a description of the gainful employment reporting requirements, refer to Dear Colleague Letter GEN-11-10.

The NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide includes an overview of GE reporting requirements, a description of the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) batch reporting process that will be used, and the three record layouts for GE reporting (fixed width format, comma separated values format, and XML format).

Note: An online reporting option will also be available later this year. Please monitor the IFAP Web site for forthcoming communications about the availability of this enhancement to the NSLDS Professional Access Web site.

SAIG Message Classes

As described in the user guide, the following SAIG message classes will be used in the reporting process for gainful employment:

Message Class Description
GESFLEIN Gainful Employment Submittal-Fixed Width Format
GESCDEIN Gainful Employment Submittal-Comma Separated Values Format
GESXMLIN Gainful Employment Submittal- XML Format
GERFLEOP Gainful Employment Response- Fixed Width Format
GERCDEOP Gainful Employment Response- Comma Separated Values Format
GERXMLOP Gainful Employment Response- XML Format

Please monitor the IFAP Web site for an upcoming announcement about the addition of these message classes to the SAIG message class table.

Contact Information

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

Last Modified: 05/22/2011