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(General) Subject: Conference Call on Gainful Employment NPRM, and Data Release

Posted Date:August 6, 2010

Author: David Bergeron, Office of Postsecondary Education

Subject: Conference Call on Gainful Employment NPRM, and Data Release

On July 26, 2010, we published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) related to the requirement that certain academic programs lead to "gainful employment in a recognized occupation" in order for students in such programs to be eligible for Title IV student assistance. A PDF copy of the NPRM is attached to this announcement. It is also available directly on the IFAP website under Federal Registers. The deadline for submitting comments to this NPRM is September 9, 2010. Please carefully review the information in the NPRM for the procedures to be used for the submission and review of comments.

On Wednesday, August 11, at 5:00 PM ET, the Department will host a conference call for all interested parties on the proposed regulation defining the term "gainful employment." We have spent a year developing this proposal, including extensive data analysis and six public meetings to gather information. We have tried to proceed thoughtfully and carefully to consider the input we've received, and we look forward to taking this next step by providing an overview of the current proposal.

Please note, the purpose of this call is to provide an overview of the NPRM and to clarify our proposal in response to your questions. As a reminder, your comments should be submitted using the process published in the NPRM.

The call-in information is listed below. We hope you can join us and look forward to your continued engagement throughout the comment process.

Who:Officials from the U.S. Department of Education
What:Briefing on the Proposed Gainful Employment Rule
When:Wednesday, August 11th, at 5pm ET
Where:Toll Free Number 888 831 8982
Participant Code 4187536

In addition, the Department plans to publish data in the late afternoon on Friday, August 13, 2010, that will help interested parties understand the likely effect of this proposed rule on programs affected by the rule.

Last Modified: 08/05/2010