Senate Panel Boosts Pentagon Research, Curbs Funding to For-Profits
Career College Central Summary:
[The Senate Appropriations Committee] approved a provision, pushed by Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat, that would place a new restriction on some of the federal military benefits that are used at for-profit colleges. Durbin's language would change the so-called "90/10 rule" that caps for-profit colleges' receipt of grants and loans administered by the Education Department at 90 percent of their annual revenue.
The bill would include money from the Pentagon's Tuition Assistance program as part of that cap.
Such benefits, as well as veterans' educational aid, are not included in that calculation, which for-profit critics say makes them vulnerable to aggressive and predatory recruiting.
For-profit industry representatives have rejected such efforts, arguing that they would reduce access to their institutions for servicemembers and veterans.
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