U.S. Department of Education Proposes New Gainful Employment and Transparency Rules

Published May 30, 2023

By AACOM Government Relations

Advocacy Federal Policy Higher Education OME Advocate

  • On May 17, 2023, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced proposed rules on Gainful Employment (GE), Financial Value Transparency and other higher education topics impacting for-profit institutions, including investor-owned colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs).
  • The GE proposal includes a provision for calculating the debt-to-earnings ratio of medical school graduates attending for-profit institutions starting three years after they have graduated in order to account for physicians’ salary growth post-residency.
  • AACOM previously commented on GE during ED’s 2021 negotiated rulemaking and addressed financial value transparency in a February 2023 joint comment letter with AAMC.
  • We will submit comments by the June 20, 2023 deadline and encourage COMs to share comments and concerns at aacomgr@aacom.org. For more information on the proposed rules, see AACOM’s summary.