Act Now: Tell the Education Department to Strengthen Rules that Protect Students and Taxpayers

Right now, the U.S. Department of Education is considering whether to strengthen several important rules for federal student aid programs. Now is your chance to tell the Obama Administration to protect students and taxpayers from rip-off career education programs and unscrupulous schools.

Make your voice heard today!  Public comments are due by June 4: less than two weeks from now.

Tell the Obama Administration that students and taxpayers deserve a strong gainful employment rule; accountability for schools that try to evade laws designed to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse; and relief for defrauded students, paid for by the schools that harmed them.

Public comments must be submitted by Tuesday, June 4 through the government's official site! Please take a moment to submit a comment and make sure your voice is heard. It's easy, just follow the instructions below:

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Suggested Message


RE: Docket ID ED-2012-OPE-0008


Please strengthen rules to protect students and taxpayers!

Ensure a strong gainful employment rule to prevent career education programs receiving federal funds from consistently leaving students with debts they cannot repay. Recent data, research, and federal and state investigations have provided even more evidence of fraudulent conduct, sky high tuitions, and bad student outcomes, reinforcing the urgent need for a strong rule. It is essential that the rule end funding for the worst programs and require poorly performing programs to improve to keep receiving federal funds.

Prevent schools from evading other laws designed to protect students and taxpayers, such as the laws barring funding to schools that have high student loan default rates or receive more than 90% of their revenue from federal student aid. A recent Senate investigation and media reports have shown that some for-profit education companies are using multiple strategies to try to evade these laws.

Provide relief for students who are deceived or defrauded by schools. For example, relief should be available if a career education program lacks the type of accreditation required for its students to work in the field they're preparing for, or it fails to provide adequate preparation, or if a school enrolls students who do not speak English in programs taught only in English. In these and other circumstances, the relevant student loans should be discharged. The Department already has the authority to recover the costs of such discharges from schools so that taxpayers do not have to pay for them.

Students and taxpayers cannot afford to wait for protection from waste, fraud, and abuse.

 

Income-Based Repayment and Pay As You Earn are two ways to help keep monthly payments affordable based on your income and family size. Visit the Department of Education’s Repayment Estimator to find out what your payments might be.
 

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