Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons joined 57 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to delay student protections that require career training programs to disclose potential employment information to prospective students before they make a financial commitment.
The members of Congress highlighted concerns that DeVos is denying students the ability to make informed decisions about which program best fits their needs and will help them find a good-paying job after graduation.
“Instead of acting to protect students, the department has chosen to hide behind the weak excuse that for-profit colleges are suing to stop this rule — and keep their profits flowing — to delay and undermine essential protections for students and taxpayers and dismantle regulations issued under the previous administration,” the senators wrote. “Once again, we fear that the interests of for-profit colleges are being put ahead of students, parents and what is best for our country and economy.”
Gainful employment disclosure provisions require career training programs to distribute basic consumer information to prospective students, including the percentage of students who are able to complete on time as well as the typical levels of student loan debt, earnings and job placement rates among program graduates. These disclosures are part of a set of rules that protect students and taxpayers and require the worst-performing career training programs — those that consistently leave their graduates with more debt than they can repay — to improve or lose eligibility for federal funding.