Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment SSGPublished in April 2017 for the 2017-18 program year.

This self-study guide defines gainful employment (GE) programs and their intended purpose within the context of eligibility for Title IV program funding. Lesson One will review the definition and purpose of GE programs, and how a school can determine which of its programs qualify as GE programs. It will also review the requirements for certifying the eligibility of the school’s GE programs.

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Learning Objectives

Lesson 1: Introduction

  • The purpose of the GE program reporting requirements;
  • Which programs are GE programs at different types of postsecondary institutions; and
  • The institution’s requirements for reporting on and certifying the eligibility of each of its GE programs.

Lesson 2: Debt-to-Earnings Rates

  • Why debt-to-earnings rates (D/E rates) are important in determining whether a gainful employment (GE) program prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation;
  • How the D/E rates are calculated; and
  • How D/E rates affect a GE program’s Title IV eligibility.

Lesson 3: Gainful Employment Data Reporting

  • The general gainful employment (GE) reporting requirements;
  • The data required to be reported to the U.S. Department of Education (ED); and
  • Reporting methods and deadlines.

Lesson 4: Gainful Employment Program Disclosures

  • Understand general disclosure requirements;
  • Learn how ED formulates each of the required data disclosures; and
  • Understand disclosure methods and effective dates.

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Publication Date: 4/10/2017


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