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Gainful Employment Information

Introduction to Gainful Employment

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department” or “DOE”) proposed a host of new regulations for higher education program integrity and student aid (“Program Integrity Rules”) intended to curb perceived abuses of taxpayer money and protect unwary students. 

The publication of these rules followed a contentious round of negotiated rule-making—during which the Federal Government consulted with constituents to draft or revise new rules—held by the Department from late 2009 to early 2010.  Since their publication, the Program Integrity Rules have generated unprecedented public comment and have elicited a lawsuit from the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities seeking to block portions of the regulations. Despite the controversy, however, all but one of the Program Integrity Rules were finalized in the fall of 2010, and colleges and universities must comply with the new requirements beginning July 1, 2011.

There are fourteen areas of program integrity addressed by the Department’s new regulations. Outlined below are the five rules with greatest significance for NACUA’s public and nonprofit institutional members: (1) credit hours; (2) gainful employment; (3) incentive compensation; (4) misrepresentation; and (5) state authorization.  Additional resources on the Program Integrity Rules are available on NACUA’s website, www.nacua.org .

Gainful Employment Requirements
Background and Purpose
In order to be eligible for funding under Title IV of the HEA, 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.”  Collectively, these programs are referred to as “GE Programs.”  More than 5,000 out of approximately 6,000 institutions participating in Title IV programs have GE Programs.

Concerned about schools that provide no value for the money, the Department of Education in the summer of 2010 proposed new regulations which would define “gainful employment” for the first time and require schools to publicize information about programs required to lead to gainful employment.  These gainful employment regulations have been the subject of a long discussion and enormous amount of public comment that has caused significant delays in the rules’ release.

The first set of final gainful employment regulations was published on October 29, 2011 and establishes reporting and disclosure requirements for current programs, as well as the need for prior Department approval of new programs (see First Set of Gainful Employment Regulations below—Reporting, Disclosures, and New Program Approvals below).

Eligibility and Impact
For both domestic and foreign public and nonprofit institutions, Gainful Employment Programs include the following:
    1.    Nondegree programs, including all certificate programs that last one or more academic years.  These include undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and postgraduate certificate programs, but do not include certificates received as part of a degree program.
    2.    Teacher certification programs that result in a certificate awarded by the institution.
    3.    Approved “Comprehensive Transition Programs” for students with intellectual disabilities.
For both domestic and foreign public and nonprofit institutions, the following are not considered GE Programs:
    1.    Programs that lead to a degree, including associate’s, bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees.
    2.    Programs that are at least two years in length that are fully transferable to a bachelor’s degree program.
    3.    Teacher certificate programs where the institution provides a collection of coursework necessary for the student to receive a state professional teaching credential or certification.
    4.    Preparatory courses of study that provide coursework necessary for enrollment in an eligible program.

Disclosure Requirements for Current Gainful Employment Programs
Institutions must also disclose certain information about each of their GE programs to prospective students, including in promotional materials available to prospective students and on institutional websites.  These disclosures must begin no later than July 1, 2011.
    1.    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 Website or its successor site (note that if the number of occupations exceeds ten, the institution may provide web links to a representative sample);
    2.    The on-time graduation rate for students completing the program;
    3.    The tuition and fees the institution charges a student for completing the program in normal time;
    4.    The typical costs for books and supplies (unless included as part of tuition and fees) and the cost of room and board, if applicable;
    5.    The job placement rate for students completing the program and
    6.    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 Department.

Nurse Educator | Family Nurse Practitioner | Adult Nurse Practitioner


Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing - Nurse Educator

College OEPID: 002703
CIP Code: 51.3817
Program Cost
Tuition and Fees (estimated for the entire program)
$6,750
Books and Supplies (estimated for the entire program)
$750
On Campus Room and Board
On Campus Housing is not available for students in this program.
General Tuition and Fees
Visit the Graduate Tuition and Fees page
Program Length and Completion Rate
Normal Time of Completion
3 Semesters
Number of Graduates
3
Number of Graduates with Normal Time
N/A
Completion Rate
100%
Occupations Related to this Program and Placement Rate
25-1171.00 – Nurse Practitioners
Placement Rate
100%
Median Debt at Program Completion
Graduates with Student Loan Debt *N/A
Median Cumulative Student Loan Debt at Program Completion *N/A
Median Federal Student Loan Debt *N/A
Median Private Loan Debt *N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt *N/A
*Since the number of students who completed the Gainful Employment Program during the award year is less than ten (10), for privacy reasons, the College may not disclose information regarding the median debt at Program Completion to the public.

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Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
College OEPID: 002703
CIP Code: 51.3805
Program Cost
Tuition and Fees (estimated for the entire program)
$18,225
Books and Supplies (estimated for the entire program)
$1,250
On Campus Room and Board
On Campus Housing is not available for students in this program.
General Tuition and Fees
Visit the Graduate Tuition and Fees page
Program Length and Completion Rate
Normal Time of Completion
5 Semesters
Number of Graduates
1
Number of Graduates with Normal Time
N/A
Completion Rate
100%
Occupations Related to this Program and Placement Rate
25-1171.00 – Nurse Practitioners
Placement Rate
100%
Median Debt at Program Completion
Graduates with Student Loan Debt *N/A
Median Cumulative Student Loan Debt at Program Completion *N/A
Median Federal Student Loan Debt *N/A
Median Private Loan Debt *N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt *N/A
*Since the number of students who completed the Gainful Employment Program during the award year is less than ten (10), for privacy reasons, the College may not disclose information regarding the median debt at Program Completion to the public.

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Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing - Adult Nurse Practitioner

College OEPID: 002703
CIP Code: 51.3803
Program Cost
Tuition and Fees (estimated for the entire program)
$16,200
Books and Supplies (estimated for the entire program)
$1,250
On Campus Room and Board
On Campus Housing is not available for students in this program.
General Tuition and Fees
Visit the Graduate Tuition and Fees page
Program Length and Completion Rate
Normal Time of Completion
5 Semesters
Number of Graduates
0
Number of Graduates with Normal Time
N/A
Completion Rate
N/A
Occupations Related to this Program and Placement Rate
25-1171.00 – Nurse Practitioners
Placement Rate
100%
Median Debt at Program Completion
Graduates with Student Loan Debt *N/A
Median Cumulative Student Loan Debt at Program Completion *N/A
Median Federal Student Loan Debt *N/A
Median Private Loan Debt *N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt *N/A