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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Gainful Employment

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The U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information to students and prospective students in order to maintain federal financial aid eligibility for students enrolled in “gainful employment” (GE) programs.  Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” Public institutions are required to report on all undergraduate and graduate programs that are Title IV eligible and that lead to certificates, diplomas, or graduate certificates. Reporting is not required for undergraduate certificates and diplomas less than 16 credits or for graduate certificates that are less than 8 credits. Degree programs at all levels are not considered to be gainful employment programs at public colleges and universities. Based on specific guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, the Specialist Degrees at state universities are not considered to be gainful employment programs and are excluded from the disclosure requirements.