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Bonamici Statement on Trump Administration’s Move to Repeal Student Protections in Higher Ed

August 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [08/10/18] – Congresswoman Bonamici (OR-01) issued the following statement after the Trump administration moved to repeal the gainful employment rule, which protects students attending career colleges from being burdened by student loan debt that they cannot repay. 


“It is extremely important that we maintain commonsense rules that stop predatory for-profit colleges from taking advantage of students,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “For-profit institutions like ITT and Corinthians have been troubled by fraud and unscrupulous practices. Repealing this protection for students will open the door to more fraud and abuse and leave students and taxpayers with the bill.”


“Today’s action by Secretary DeVos is irresponsible. By the Department of Education’s own analysis, the DeVos-Trump plan to eliminate this critical consumer protection will cost taxpayers $5 billion dollars. The Department of Education should be promoting a strong future for our nation’s students and exercising good stewardship of taxpayer dollars, not lining the pockets of unscrupulous for-profit colleges and allowing them to prey on students.”


Bonamici is a leader on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and has been a vocal advocate for student loan borrowers and people defrauded by for-profit colleges. The gainful employment rule prohibits career education programs at both for-profit and non-profit institutions from continuing to access federal student aid if graduates have high debt-to-income ratios. The rule requires that a typical graduate’s annual loan repayment be no more than 20 percent of their discretionary income, or eight percent of their total earnings.