For-Profits Spend Heavily to Fend Off New Rule

For-Profit Colleges Wage Uphill Fight Against 'Gainful Employment' Rule 1

Andi Stempniak for The Chronicle

Dawn Connor, a veterinary-technology student at Globe U. who leads a student-lobbying group supported by the Career College Association: "I just want to get it out there that there are so many students who have had a positive experience."

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Andi Stempniak for The Chronicle

Dawn Connor, a veterinary-technology student at Globe U. who leads a student-lobbying group supported by the Career College Association: "I just want to get it out there that there are so many students who have had a positive experience."

For-profit colleges, under attack in Congress and faced with regulation that could ravage their revenues, are staging an aggressive, but increasingly hopeless, campaign to ward off legislation and defeat a proposed rule.

In recent weeks, their representatives have filed thousands of comments criticizing the Education Department's "gainful employment" rule, which would cut off federal student aid to programs whose graduates have high debt-to-income ratios and low loan-repayment rates.