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." In addition, virtually all programs - degree
and nondegree - offered by proprietary institutions must 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:
- Nondegree programs, including all certificate programs. Certificate
programs include undergraduate certificate programs, post baccalaureate certificate
programs, graduate certificate programs, and postgraduate certificate programs.
Note that awarding students one or more certificates as part of a degree program does
not create GE programs based upon the awarding of the certificate(s).
Not Gainful Employment Programs - The following educational programs
offered by these institutions are not subject to the new GE Program 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 that are fully transferable to a
bachelor's degree program.
- Preparatory courses of study that provide course work necessary for enrollment
in an eligible program.
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.
Information to Disclose
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 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.
- Other information the Secretary provided to the institution about the program.
Included is a list of Certificates issued by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in the College
of Nursing and Health Sciences that are considered to be "Gainful Employment Programs"
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