The U.S. Department of Education made a major announcement regarding the controversial Gainful Employment Regulations today when it delayed a number of the rule’s requirements until July 1, 2017. The Department states “this action is taken to allow the Department to further review the GE regulations and their implementation,” a firm signal of what’s likely to come as the administration eyes key regulations for repeal.
You can read the full text of the Department’s IFAP announcement below:
Posted Date: March 6, 2017
|Author:||Lynn Mahaffie, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education|
Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #105 – Additional Time for Submission of an Alternate Earnings Appeal and to Comply with Gainful Employment (GE) Disclosure Requirements
We are announcing that the Department is allowing additional time, until July 1, 2017, for institutions to (1) submit an alternative earnings appeal to the GE Debt-to-Earnings rates that were released by the Department on January 9, 2017, and (2) comply with the GE program disclosure requirements as noted in Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #103, published on January 19, 2017. This action is taken to allow the Department to further review the GE regulations and their implementation.
Alternate Earnings Appeal
Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #101, published on January 6, 2017, provided information on alternate earnings appeals, and reminded institutions that final appeal documentation was to be submitted to the Department on or before March 10, 2017. The date by which final appeal documentation must be submitted to the Department is now July 1, 2017. It should be noted that institutions seeking to appeal a zone or failing rate were required to provide a Notice of Intent to appeal by January 23, 2017. This January 23, 2017 deadline is not affected by the provision of additional time for submission of final appeal documentation.
GE Disclosure Template
Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #103 announced the release of the 2017 GE Disclosure Template and informed institutions that they would have until April 3, 2017 to update disclosures for each of their GE programs using the 2017 GE Disclosure Template. The date by which disclosures for any GE program must be updated using the 2017 GE Disclosure Template is now July 1, 2017. Likewise, institutions must begin complying with distribution requirements related to the 2017 GE Disclosure Template no later than the revised July 1, 2017 deadline established for posting the new template.
The Gainful Employment Information Page on the IFAP website contains information on GE, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have a policy question about the GE regulations that has not already been addressed in the FAQs section of the Gainful Employment Information Page, please submit the question to firstname.lastname@example.org.