In order to be eligible for funding under the Title IV Programs, an educational program must lead to a degree (associate, bachelor’s, graduate, or professional) or prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”
Gainful Employment Programs
The following educational programs offered by these institutions are GE Programs subject to the new regulations:
Non-degree programs, including all certificate programs, graduate certificate programs, and post-graduate certificate programs. Awarding students one or more certificates as part of a degree program does not create GE programs based upon awarding of the certificate(s).
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.
Approve “Comprehensive Transition programs” for student with intellectual disabilities.
Not Gainful Employment Programs
The following educational programs offered by these institutions are not subject to the new Gainful Employment regulations:
Programs that lead to a degree, including associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees, and professional degrees.
Programs that are at least two years in length and are fully transferable to a bachelor’s degree program.
Preparatory courses of study that provide course work necessary for enrollment in an eligible program.
Final regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832], by the U.S. Department of Education (the Department), require institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (the HEA), to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE Programs). Finally, the new regulations require an institution to notify the U.S. Secretary of Education (the Secretary) if it wished to add additional GE Programs to its list of Title IV-eligible programs. All of these requirements are effective July 1, 2011.
The October 29, 2010, regulations that go into effect on July 1, 2011, include a provision, at 34 CFR 668.6(b), that requires institutions to disclose, for each of their GE Programs, certain information about the programs to prospective students. The institution must include the information required in promotional materials it makes available to prospective students and on its web-site.
The following is a summary of the information that must be disclosed by an institution for each of its GE Programs.
The name and U.S. Department of labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code of the occupations that the program prepares students to enter, along with links to occupational profiles on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET web-site or its successor site.
The on-time graduation rate for students completing the program.
The tuition and fees the institution charges a student for completing the program within normal time.
The typical costs for books and supplies (unless those costs are included as part of tuition and fees), and the cost of room and board, if applicable.
The job placement rate for students completing the program.
The median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program (separately by Title IV loans and by other educational debt to include both private educational loans and institutional financing) as provided by the Secretary.
Other information the Secretary provided to the institution about the program.
Below is a list of the programs offered at the Texas A&M Health Science Center that are considered to be “Gainful Employment Programs” and related program information.