Gainful Employment

Legislation enacted July, 1, 2011, with sections rescinded July 1, 2019, governs the eligibility of gainful employment programs to Title IV at an institution. In order to be eligible for funding under the Title IV programs, an educational certificate program must prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The information provided below will define what is considered a “gainful employment” program, and provide definition of the information an institution must disclose. The full regulation may be found at the Federal Register, the rescission update can be found here.


Gainful Employment Programs

The following educational programs offered are considered GE Programs subject to the new regulations:

  • Non-degree programs, including all certificate programs. Certificate programs include undergraduate certificate programs, post baccalaureate certificate programs, graduate certificate programs, and postgraduate certificate programs.
  • Teacher certification programs, including both programs that result in a certificate awarded by the institution and those where the institution itself does not provide a certificate but which consist of a collection of course work necessary for the student to receive a State professional teaching credential or certification.