Act Now to Protect Students and Taxpayers
After a long wait, the U.S. Department of Education proposed new rules to protect students and taxpayers from rip-off career education programs! But the rules need to be stronger. USA Today praised the Obama Administration for recognizing the problem, but called the proposal "feeble" and "too accommodating." A national coalition of advocates for students, consumers, civil rights and higher education sent a letter today calling for stronger rules, and we need your voice, too.
Federal law requires career education programs that receive federal student aid to "prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Too many of these programs are roping in students with deceptive marketing and aggressive sales tactics, providing substandard training, and leaving students deep in debt they can't pay back. By defining "gainful employment" for the first time, the proposed rules finally make it possible to enforce this important law.
The for-profit college industry and its highly paid lobbyists are fighting hard to weaken the proposed rules so exploitative schools can keep profiting off federal student aid. That's why the Obama Administration needs to hear from you!
Visit www.protectstudentsandtaxpayers.org to call for stronger rules, and please help spread the word! The time allowed for commenting is short, and early comments have the most impact, so please send in your comments today!