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


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.