Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #88 – Distribution of Final GE Completers Lists and Draft GE Completers Lists Correction Results

Posted Date: September 8, 2016

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

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #88 – Distribution of Final GE Completers Lists and Draft GE Completers Lists Correction Results

This Electronic Announcement provides information about the distribution of institutions’ Final Gainful Employment (GE) Completers Lists as well as information on how institutions may view the outcome of the Department’s review of corrections submitted by institutions on their Draft GE Completers Lists.

Consistent with the GE regulations at 34 CFR 668.405, institutions had 45 days to submit corrections to the information included in their Draft GE Completers Lists. The 45-day period ended on July 28, 2016. The Department has completed reviewing all institutionally submitted corrections. A notification describing the process for institutions to view the results of the Department’s review was sent to the e-mail address of the person(s) at your institution who confirmed and submitted corrections.

The results from the Department’s review of the corrections to the Draft GE Completers Lists are final determinations. No additional data corrections will be accepted.

Final GE Completers List Files Available in Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) Mailboxes

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) has generated Final GE Completers Lists and sent them to the institutionally designated SAIG mailbox. As with the draft version of the Completers List, the Final GE Completers List was sent using the message class GECOMBOP. The draft and final versions of the GE Completers List utilize the same file layout, available in the Appendix of the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide. There are no differences in file layout between the two, other than the date on which they were created.

The Final GE Completers Lists are also available by request on the NSLDS Professional Access Web site under the Reports tab. The GE Completers List Report (GEPDC1) is presented in the same format as the Final GE Completers List that is automatically distributed, as described above. Once requested, the report will be sent with the GECOMPOP message class.

After receiving their Final GE Completers List in their SAIG mailbox, either through the automatic distribution or by request, institutions can review the information using the GE Completers List Viewer and Import tools. Chapter 7 of the updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide (August 2016) describes how to use the filters on the Viewer Tool to remove from view the completers who were excluded on the final list.

Results of the Department’s Review of Draft GE Completers Lists Using NSLDS Professional Access

The results of the Department’s review of the institution’s corrections to the Draft GE Completers List may be viewed on the NSLDS Professional Access Web site. The results can be filtered for “Edited” records on the program’s GE Completers List page, on the GE tab. Corrections that have been reviewed by the Department will appear with a checkmark next to the student’s Social Security number. When viewing the GE student detail record, the correction outcome will be marked as follows, in the “Approved” column:

  • Yes – Indicates the correction was approved by the Department and was accepted for the Final GE Completers List
  • No – Indicates the correction was denied by the Department and was not accepted for the Final GE Completers List
  • N/A – Indicates no correction was made by the institution and the original information on the Draft GE Completers List was maintained for the Final GE Completers List

Other Available Reports

For institutions that submitted a large number of corrections, we have created a report to assist with a review of those corrections. The GE Completers List Case Outcomes Report (GEPDE1) provides a single listing of all GE Completers List correction results, grouped by GE program. This fixed-width report can be requested on the Reports tab of the NSLDS Professional Access Web site, and will be delivered to the user’s SAIG mailbox, in message class GEFLFWOP.

If an institution does not see the complete list of reviewed corrections it expects to see, it is possible that the correction(s) were not submitted to the Department for review. The GE Completers List Unsubmitted Cases Report (GEPDD1) contains a list of the institution’s programs which contained at least one correction to the program, but where the institution did not confirm and submit the correction to the Department. This report, also available for request on the Reports tab, will be delivered using SAIG message class GEIPFWOP.

More information about viewing Draft GE Completers List correction results and the new GE reports is available in Chapter 7 of the updated NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide (August 2016).

Next Steps

Data from the Final GE Completers Lists has been sent to the Social Security Administration (SSA). After we receive GE Program mean and median earnings amounts from the SSA, we will calculate draft Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) rates later this year for institutions to review.

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 nslds@ed.gov.

If you have questions about the information in your institution’s Final GE Completers List, please contact the Gainful Employment Operations Team at GE.Operations@ed.gov.

The Gainful Employment Information Page on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site contains publications and resources on GE as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have a policy question about the GE Regulations that has not already been addressed in the FAQs section of the Gainful Employment Information Page, please submit the question to ge-questions@ed.gov.

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