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Workforce Development

Dept. of Education Rescinds Gainful Employment Rule Beginning July 2020

On July 1, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced its final regulation to officially rescind the 2014 Gainful Employment (GE) Rule beginning on July 1, 2020, according to CTE Policy Watch, a blog for CTE Advocates (free subscription).

“Federal law requires that certain educational programs offered at some postsecondary institutions, including for-profit institutions, community and technical colleges, and area CTE centers, must provide training programs that prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation” in order to participate in federal financial aid programs. Nearly all educational programs at for-profit higher education institutions, as well as non-degree programs at public and private nonprofit institutions, like community colleges and area CTE centers are subject to these rules.

“The Obama-era regulation outlined how the department will evaluate a program’s effectiveness in preparing students for gainful employment after program completion, including through metrics like debt-to-earnings ratios and student loan cohort default rates.”

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