Why the College Scorecard Should Complement – Not Replace – the Gainful Employment Standards

February 26, 2020

The introduction of earnings data by program and by college to the College Scorecard helps students and families make more informed college choices. However, the data is not a replacement for strong accountability rules, and a recent analysis using the College Scorecard data is likely to confuse – rather than clarify – the relative value of different colleges.


What to Know About the Gainful Employment Rule

August 12, 2019

Fact sheet on the Gainful Employment (GE) rule. The Higher Education Act (HEA) requires that all career education programs receiving federal student aid “prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation,” however the HEA does not define “gainful employment.” The purpose of the Gainful Employment Rule is to provide that definition.


Why a Strong Gainful Employment Rule is More Important Now Than Ever

July 1, 2019

The Education Department just announced its final gainful employment (GE) rule repealing protections that have led to lower costs for students attending career programs and big savings for taxpayers. By eliminating the protections of the rule, unscrupulous schools will be able to enroll as many students as possible at as high a price as the student loan system will support.


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Repeal of the Gainful Employment Standards for Career Programs

May 31, 2019

In the coming days, the U.S. Department of Education will publish a final regulation repealing the gainful employment rule, which identifies career education programs that consistently leave students with large debts they cannot afford. Many of these programs are offered by for-profit colleges, and they disproportionately enroll veterans and students of color.