Gainful Employment - 2017

NU - Online Course IconStart Date: March 27, 2017
Duration: 5 weeks
Cost: $359 per registrant (members and non-members)



This course provides an overview of Gainful Employment requirements as well as an in-depth study of program data reporting, program disclosures, and debt-to-earnings ratios. Learning focuses on topics including updating Program Participation Agreements, correct reporting of data to the Department of Education, required disclosures, disclosure deadlines and effective dates, as well as cohort periods for calculation of debt-to-earnings ratio. Presentations, video lessons, discussion topics, and assessments reinforce key course concepts. Complimentary access to the credential test is provided after successfully completing and passing the course.

As a participant of this course you will be asked to:

  • Review educational video lessons
  • Complete learning assessments
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Collaborate with other financial aid administrators 

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to Gainful Employment
  • Lesson 2 – Gainful Employment Program Data Reporting
  • Lesson 3 – Gainful Employment Program Disclosures
  • Lesson 4 – Debt-to-Earnings Rate
  • Lesson 5 – Guest Speaker/Course Review

Course Facilitators

Brenda MurthaBrenda Murtha has been involved in financial aid for over 35 years. She graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education (math and English). She began her financial aid career at Education Assistance Corporation (then a guaranty agency; now acquired by Great Lakes Higher Education, a federal loan servicer). For the last 25 years, she has served students and families at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 17 years as Director of Financial Aid. She has training experience in state, regional and national venues, including work with RMASFAA Summer Institute and NASFAA online courses. Brenda  joined NASFAA staff as a full-time instructor and is excited to begin this new chapter in service to the financial aid profession.

Amanda SharpAmanda Sharp is the Online Instruction Manager at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). Amanda joined NASFAA in 2013. Her primary responsibilities at NASFAA involve the management of NASFAA's online instruction programs including NASFAA webinars, NASFAA U, and NASFAA Learning Bytes. In addition to those duties, she also takes part in updating NASFAA Student Aid Index, NASFAA publications, writing and presenting NASFAA training materials and webinars, instructing facilitated online courses, and responding to questions regarding regulatory issues through NASFAA’s AskRegs program. Amanda received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of North Alabama. Amanda began her career in financial aid in 2007 at the University of North Alabama.

Tom DaltonTom Dalton has served as assistant vice president for Enrollment Management at Excelsior College since November 2006. He oversees all admissions and financial aid programs for Excelsior’s non-traditional student population, including working adults, members of the military and veterans. Prior to his work at Excelsior, Tom served as senior vice president of customer relations for the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) and assistant vice-president of the Loans Division of HESC. He is the former director of financial aid at the Albany College of Pharmacy. Earlier, he served as an assistant director of financial aid and as a financial aid counselor at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. In addition, he is a past-president of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) and Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Association (EASFAA).  He has over 35 years of administrative financial aid experience.

NASFAA U Course Policies


NASFAA U courses are 100% online with an asynchronous focus, meaning the individual attendee can log on anytime/anyplace (assuming they have Internet access) and participate in course requirements – naturally there are due dates they will need to adhere to, i.e. weekly assessments that must be completed. There are also weekly synchronous class meetings. These live "Get-Together" classes last approximately one hour and recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While attendance is optional, we do encourage attending due to the highly collaborative nature of the courses. Please see the following Get-Together schedule for this course (subject to change at the discretion of the course instructors):

  • 03/27/17 - 12:00 pm ET - Intro Session and Lesson 1 Preview
  • 04/03/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 1 Review and Lesson 2 Preview
  • Date & Time (TBD) - Open Forum (Adjunct-Led)
  • 04/10/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 2 Review and Lesson 3 Preview
  • 04/17/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 3 Review and Lesson 4 Preview
  • 04/19/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Open Forum (Adjunct-Led)
  • 04/24/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 4 Review and Lesson 5 Preview
  • 05/01/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Review Lesson 5 and Test Review *Extended Session


By submitting your registration, you agree to the following cancellation schedule:

  • $25 cancellation fee before March 23, 2017
  • $50 cancellation fee March 23 - March 26, 2017 

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET March 27, 2017. will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Medical emergencies will be re-scheduled to another available course with a doctor’s note.

Requests to cancel must be sent to

Additional Questions

For additional questions, please review the helpful guide of Online Course Frequently Asked Questions.

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