Gainful Employment: State-by-State Data
The proposed new minimum earnings threshold, called the earnings premium, accounts for programs that may leave completers with relatively low debt but limited income or career prospects. To pass the earnings premium metric, a program’s graduates must earn at least as much three years after graduating as a high school graduate between ages 25 and 34 in the labor force in their state. A program would lose eligibility for Title IV participation if it fails either or both the debt-to-earnings metric and/or the earnings premium metric twice in a three-year period after the GE rule takes effect.
Below is a list of all passing and failing GE programs within a state based on the GE rule proposed in 2023. Career programs that enroll fewer than 30 students are deemed “passing” because no data is made available for these programs to protect student privacy. Although the proposed GE rule requires transparency for non-career education programs, they are not included in these fact sheets because they are not subject to loss of federal financial aid.
The previous version of the Gainful Employment rule finalized in 2014 and repealed in 2019 worked: Schools lowered tuition, increased scholarships, and offered free introductory periods. Many for-profit colleges voluntarily closed poor-performing programs. We expect the proposed rule will be similarly effective at identifying specific programs that are not serving students or taxpayers and look forward to its implementation beginning July 1, 2024.
Click on a state to download the GE data.