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Shoptalk 605, May 24, 2011


Industry Update

ED corrects gainful employment guidance related to teacher certification programs

In an electronic announcement published on May 20, 2011, ED corrects gainful employment (GE) guidance provided in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-11-10 as it relates to teacher certification programs at all types of schools.

GEN-11-10 stated that teacher certification programs, including both programs that result in a certificate awarded by the school and those where the school does not provide a certificate, but which consists of a collection of course work necessary for the student to receive a state professional teaching credential or certification, are considered to be GE programs subject to the new federal rules. TG shared this guidance with schools in Shoptalk edition 602.

This electronic announcement corrects the above guidance by stating that only teacher certification programs that result in a certificate awarded by a school are considered to be GE programs. This information will be helpful to schools as they identify which of their programs are subject to the new disclosure and reporting requirements this year.

Learn more
For more information on gainful employment program rules, visit ED's Gainful Employment Information page or TG's Program Integrity Final Rules Web page where all of the new regulatory requirements are explained. For questions, please contact TG's Customer Assistance team at (800) 845-6267, or send an email message to cust.assist@tgslc.org.

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ED announces availability of the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide

In an electronic announcement published on May 23, 2011, ED announced the availability of the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide, which provides an overview of the gainful employment (GE) requirements and explains reporting process in further detail. As a reminder, in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-11-10, ED stated that schools would use the existing Enrollment Reporting Process in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) to report certain information about students who were enrolled in each GE Program during an award year.

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). ED notes that an online reporting option in NSLDS will also be available later this year.

Access the guide and learn more
View the NSLDS Gainful Employment User Guide online. For more information on GE rules, visit ED's Gainful Employment Information page. For additional guidance on the program integrity issues, including gainful employment, see TG's Program Integrity Final Rules Web page. You can also contact TG's Customer Assistance team at (800) 845-6267, or send an email message to cust.assist@tgslc.org.

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