Statement on Implementation of Gainful Employment Regulation

January 9, 2017
Statement of Pauline Abernathy

With the new debt-to-earnings rates and disclosure template from the U.S. Department of Education, it will be easier for students to tell which career education programs deliver and which do not, and failing programs will have to improve or lose federal taxpayer funding. All career education programs at public, for-profit and non-profit colleges will have to clearly disclose the earnings of their graduates and whether the programs meet state licensure requirements as well as their cost, typical debt levels, and completion and job placement rates. Failing programs that are consistently leaving graduates with debts they cannot repay will now have to warn current and prospective students that the program will lose eligibility for aid next year if it does not improve.