Proposed Gainful Employment Rule Must Be Strengthened to Protect Students and Taxpayers
from Career Education Programs that Over-Charge and Under-Deliver

March 14, 2014
Statement of Pauline Abernathy
"While we commend the Administration for issuing a proposed gainful employment regulation today, the draft rule is soft on career education programs that consistently leave students with debts they can’t repay, and too hard on low-cost programs where most students do not borrow at all. Rather than requiring failing programs to limit enrollment until they improve, the draft rule gives bad programs every opportunity to put more students at risk. And it does not require schools to provide any relief to students who took on debt to enroll in programs that lose eligibility for federal funds."