Posted Date: November 20, 2015

Author:  Robin Minor, Chief Compliance Officer, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #70 - Reminder of Upcoming Deadline for Gainful Employment Program Transitional Certification

This Electronic Announcement reminds institutions of the upcoming deadline for submission to the Department of their “Gainful Employment (GE) Program Transitional Certification” no later than December 31, 2015. Under the regulations at 34 CFR 668.414, an institution’s most senior executive officer must sign a certification that each of the institution’s currently eligible GE programs listed on its Eligibility and Certification Approval Report (ECAR) meets the requirements of 34 CFR 668.414(d). If an institution has submitted an E-App that resulted, or will result, in a new Program Participation Agreement (PPA) issued to the institution after July 1, 2015 and before December 31, 2015, those PPAs will have the required GE program certification included; therefore no Transitional Certification will be required.

GE Electronic Announcement #54 provides detail on the GE Transitional Certification requirements, instructions for completing a Transitional Certification, and a sample Transitional Certification. GE Electronic Announcement #66 provides clarification on two questions regarding programmatic accreditation. The GE Operations Manual provides details about the processing of the GE Transitional Certifications by the Department.

Institutions failing to provide the required certification by the December 31, 2015 deadline may face sanctions.

If your institution has questions about this requirement, please submit them to


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