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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Hold Hearing on Roadblocks to Student Choice in Higher Education

On Thursday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m., the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled, "Education Regulations: Roadblocks to Student Choice in Higher Education." The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Higher Education Act states any program at a proprietary college must “prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation” in order to participate in the Title IV federal student aid programs. Last year, the Department of Education released a new regulation that attempts to define for the first time “gainful employment.”

This so-called “gainful employment” regulation would impose new paperwork and reporting burdens on proprietary schools and force administrators at eligible institutions to seek federal approval before creating new programs. It is estimated the gainful employment regulation could affect thousands of programs at proprietary institutions and prevent millions of American students from obtaining federal funding for higher education.

Thursday’s hearing will give members the opportunity to hear from those affected by these targeted regulations. To learn more about this hearing, visit


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Ms. Catherine Barreto
Monroe College
Brooklyn, NY

Ms. Jeanne Herrmann
Chief Operating Officer
Globe University/Minnesota School of Business
Woodbury, MN

Mr. Travis Jennings
Electrical Supervisor
Manufacturing Launch Systems Group
Orbital Sciences Corporation
Chandler, AZ

Dr. Arnold Mitchem
Council for Opportunity in Education
Washington, DC