Gainful Employment Operations Manual

Posted Date: November 10, 2015

Subject: Gainful Employment Operations Manual

We are pleased to announce the posting of the updated Gainful Employment Operations Manual. The Gainful Employment Operations Manual contains information about gainful employment (GE) disclosures, debt measures, and challenge operations. It is intended for institutions that participate in the federal student assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Within this manual, you will find guidance regarding implementation and compliance with each aspect of the gainful employment regulations.

Note: This November 2015 update includes a new chapter on GE program certification and a chapter on debt measures. An updated table of contents is provided, and we also replaced the “Purpose/Overview” chapter to fix one minor typographical error. In the coming months, we will post the remaining chapters of the manual, as they are finalized.

Contact Information

The Gainful Employment Information Page on the IFAP Web site contains publications and resources on GE as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have comments or suggestions about the manual, please send them to the Gainful Employment Operations Team at

Last Modified: 11/09/2015