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Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any Title IV eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The educational programs offered by public institutions that are subject to the gainful employment regulations are non-degree programs, including all certificate programs. Specifically at UWM, gainful employment programs are all "stand-alone" certificate programs. The following gainful employment disclosure information must be provided:

  • Occupations the program prepares students to enter
  • Occupational profiles
  • Tuition and fees the institution charges the student for completing the program within normal time
  • Costs for books and supplies
  • Cost of room and board (if applicable)
  • On-time graduation rate for students completing the program
  • Job placement rate for students completing the program
  • Median load debt incurred by students who completed the program
The following Gainful Employment (GE) certificate programs are subject to the U.S. Department of Education's gainful employment (GE) regulations.  Students enrolled in these certificate programs may be eligible for Title IV Federal Student Financial Aid (Loans) if they meet other eligibility requirements:
  • Adult/University Level TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)
  • Advanced Studies (CAS) in Archives & Records Administration
  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Assistive Technology & Accessible Design
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Business Analytics
  • Chamber Music Performance
  • Childhood & Adolescence Studies (CAS)
  • Children's Mental Health Certificate for School Professionals
  • Community Based Organizations
  • Community Organizing
  • Digital Libraries
  • Education Policy
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ergonomics
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Health Professional Education
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Multicultural Knowledge of Mental Health Practices
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Premedical Studies
  • Professional and Technical Communication
  • Professional Writing & Communication
  • Public Health
  • Real Estate
  • Rhetorical Leadership
  • School Counseling
  • Specialist Certificate in Administrative Leadership
  • State & Local Taxation
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Transition for Students with Disabilities
  • Trauma-Informed Care

Revised 4/29/2015

Below is a list of eligible and ineligible certificate programs:

List of eligible and ineligible certificate programs