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Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #28 – Continued GE Data Reporting and Corrections

Posted Date: November 16, 2011

Author:  Jeff Baker, Director, Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #28 – Continued GE Data Reporting and Corrections

As you know, November 15, 2011 was the required reporting date for submitting data on institutions’ Gainful Employment Programs (see Electronic Announcement # 15). We thank those institutions that have submitted all of their required gainful employment data and refer them to the paragraph below regarding error correction.

If your institution has not submitted all of its required gainful employment data, it must do so as promptly as possible. The Department's Program Compliance teams will determine, on an individual institutional basis what sanctions, if any, may be imposed on an institution for its non-compliance with the November 15, 2011 reporting date. One of the factors the teams will consider is how promptly the information was reported.

As provided in the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide, institutions have 10 days from receipt of any error file returned by NSLDS to make required corrections. However, additional time may be needed for resolution of Social Security Number (SSN) conflicts. An SSN Conflict Page is available for institutions to assist in resolving those conflicts.

We remind institutions that correcting records after November 15 will not result in penalties or sanctions imposed for missing the reporting date.
Online reporting functionality for gainful employment is available on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), including the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. Detailed information about the use of NSLDS for reporting gainful employment data, including how to enroll for online access, is provided in 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. Institutions should use information in the guide, most recently updated on September 22, 2011, to submit required gainful employment information.

In addition, institutions should refer to NSLDS Newsletter #34 for supplemental information about the NSLDS gainful employment reporting process. The newsletter discusses the reporting functionalities on NSLDS and provides helpful tips on gainful employment reporting using the various reporting options, including the NSLDS GE Submittal Template.

Contact Information

If you have questions about using NSLDS to report gainful employment information, 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

Last Modified: 11/15/2011