On Friday, the Department of Education (ED) released its Announcement of Applicable 2019 GE Compliance Dates, reminding institutions of the July 1, 2019 deadline to comply with the gainful employment (GE) regulations in 34 CFR 668.412 (d) and (e). These rules require institutions to include the disclosure template on all promotional materials made available by or on behalf of an institution to prospective students, and to provide a copy of the disclosure template directly to prospective students before they sign an enrollment agreement, complete registration, or make a financial commitment to the institution.
The Trump administration had previously delayed implementing these two sections of the 2016 GE requirements three times. The Obama-era requirements were first set to go into effect in April 2017 when the new administration delayed them until July 2017. Following that delay, Education Secretary DeVos announced plans to postpone the implementation of the disclosure requirements until the following year, July 2018. Then, on June 18, 2018, a third delay was announced, this time until July 1, 2019.
The gainful employment regulations were re-negotiated in 2018. No new final rule has been published as of this date, but, if published by November 1, 2019 the new rule will become effective on July 1, 2020. This led to speculation that ED would issue a fourth delay until the new rule became effective. Friday’s announcement, however, clarifies that there will be no further delay.
Publication Date: 5/28/2019