VES Fact Sheet: The Gainful Employment Rule and Its Importance to U.S. Veterans

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The Gainful Employment Rule, finalized in 2014 and upheld by federal courts multiple times, implements the requirement in the Higher Education Act that career education programs (whether for-profit, public, or non-profit) must “prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The rule applies to specific programs within a school, but not to schools as a whole.