Reducing Federal Loan Eligibility Would Hurt Students at For-Profit Colleges: Colleges Don’t Need More Authority to Limit Student Aid Options

June 12, 2014

Some for-profit college industry lobbyists blame students for the high debt and default levels at their schools, claiming that their students borrow more than they need in federal loans. However, there is no evidence to support this claim, and giving colleges greater authority to reduce aid eligibility will make it harder for students to pay for and complete college.


Data Show No Evidence of “Over-Borrowing” at Community Colleges: Colleges Don’t Need More Authority to Limit Student Aid Options

June 12, 2014

Some community colleges have expressed concerns that their students borrow more than they need in federal loans. However, the data do not support claims of “over-borrowing” at community colleges. The vast majority of community college students do not borrow federal loans at all, and the few who do borrow do not take out large loan amounts.