Gainful Employment

New legislation enacted July, 1, 2011, governs the disclosure of gainful employment and other statistics in relation to certificate programs at an institution. In order to be eligible for funding under the Title IV programs, an educational certificate program must prepare students for 'gainful employment in a recognized occupation.'

In order for a program to be considered part of gainful employment, the program has to meet the following:

  • has to be financial aid eligible
  • programs of at least one academic year in length
  • program has to lead to a certificate