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(General) Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #17 - Updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide (August 4, 2011)

Posted Date:August 4, 2011

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

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #17 - Updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide (August 4, 2011)

We are pleased to announce the availability of an update to 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. Institutions should use information in the updated guide to prepare their systems to submit required gainful employment information to the U.S. Department of Education (the Department).

Information on the NSLDS Professional Access online reporting option for gainful employment information is now included in Chapter 3 of the user guide, including step-by-step instructions for system set up, navigating the Web site, and submitting gainful employment information. This reporting option will be available September 26, 2011.

In addition, detailed instructions are provided in the updated guide, to assist institutions with setting up the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) mailbox that will be used for gainful employment batch reporting. This set-up functionality for batch reporting is available now on the NSLDS Professional Access Web site, under the Enroll Tab.

Information is provided in the updated guide about the option to upload and submit gainful employment data to NSLDS using the NSLDS Gainful Employment Submittal Template, designed to be used with the Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet application. For more information about this template, refer to Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #14 that was posted to the IFAP Web site on July 28, 2011.

Important Note: While the regulations provide that the deadline for institutions to report GE Program information for the 2006-2007 through 2009-2010 award years is October 1, 2011, the August 2 Federal Register notice provides that the Department will continue to accept information from these earlier award years through November 15, 2011, the same date as the reporting date for the 2010-2011 award year. The Department will continue to accept the information into NSLDS without penalties or sanctions to the institutions until November 15 in order to provide institutions with greater flexibility during this first reporting year.

Contact Information

If you have technical questions about the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide, please send an e-mail to

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

Last Modified: 08/03/2011