Published: September 2017

ED urged to put students’ interest first as it reconsiders critical regulations

Consumer Action joined veteran, student, civil rights and college advocates in submitting public comments to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging the Department of Education to place the interests of students at the forefront as it explores potential changes to student lending regulations. The comments specifically urge the Department to reverse course and enforce, rather than roll back, existing regulatory protections for students and taxpayers.

The Department of Education's recent actions to delay the borrower defense rule and delay and gut the gainful employment rule will allow for-profit schools to reinstate their worst programs and practices, and will make it easier for schools that commit fraud to hide it. Students are also depending on the Department to actively enforce the Higher Education Act's ban on incentive compensation (commissioned sales), and the 90/10 rule barring for-profit colleges from being funded solely by taxpayers. The comments urge the Department not to modify these rules.

Lead Organization

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS)

Other Organizations

Allied Progress | American Association of University Women (AAUW) | Americans for Financial Reform | Association of the United States Navy | Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) | Consumer Action | Consumer Federation of America | Consumer Federation of California | Demos | East Bay Community Law Center | The Education Trust | Faculty Forward Network | Generation Progress | Government Accountability Project | Higher Ed, Not Debt | The Institute for College Access & Success | The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition | NAACP | National Association for College Admission Counseling | National Association of Consumer Advocates | National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low income clients) | National Education Association | New York Legal Assistance Group | New America Higher Education Program | One Wisconsin Now | PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts) | Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG) | Public Citizen | Public Good Law Center | Public Law Center | Service Employees International Union | Student Debt Crisis | Student Parent HELP (Higher Education for Low Income People) Center | U.S. PIRG | UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) | Veterans Education Success | Veterans for Common Sense | Veterans' Student Loan Relief Fund | Women Employed | Young Invincibles

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To read the full coalition letter, please click here.

For more information, please visit TICAS' website.

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