Statement on Final Gainful Employment Rule

June 2, 2011
Pauline Abernathy
Statement from Pauline Abernathy about the issued final “gainful employment” rule that guides enforcement of the federal law requiring any post-secondary career education program receiving federal financial aid to “prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The rule is a modest first step, but it did not include the recommendations of a broad coalition of student, civil rights, consumer, higher education and college access organizations to strengthen the draft rule published last July. As a result, the final rule will allow many programs that over-charge and under-deliver to continue to receive federal student aid.