To remain eligible for Title IV student aid program funds under the Higher Education Act, vocational programs of training at non-profit and for-profit institutions are required by statute to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Examples of these programs include training in auto mechanics, cosmetology, culinary arts, and heavy equipment operation.
The timeline for institutions to comply with this regulation was further delayed, however, to provide the Trump Administration additional time to review the rule. In August 2018, the Department of Education submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to rescind the gainful employment regulations. A final rule is forthcoming.
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