Defense-Spending Bill in Senate Takes Aim at For-Profit Colleges

Tucked into a defense-spending bill that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved on Thursday are a pair of provisions that would bar colleges from spending tuition-assistance money on marketing and advertising, and would count such aid in the federal share of what's known as the 90/10 rule.

The language, which was added to the bill by the chairman of the panel's defense subcommittee, Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, is aimed at for-profit colleges, which have been