The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) wants owners and administrators of massage therapy schools and programs to be aware that there are new U.S. Department of Education (USDE) rules for schools whose students seek federal student aid. We strongly encourage all massage therapy schools participating in Title IV funding to contact the USDE to determine exactly how the new rules that went into effect July 1, 2011 may affect your school.
On July 1, 2012, new regulations related to Gainful Employment Rules will go into effect. As you plan ahead for 2012, we also recommend that your school review the background from the USDE in advance of their implementation by the USDE next year.
AMTA’s Government Relations staff continues to be in touch with various offices in Washington, D.C. about potential legislation and rules that could affect the ability of massage school students to receive loans to attend massage school. This situation is changing frequently. As we learn more about changes that could have implications for massage schools, we will notify AMTA member schools.