U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) seek to attach several amendments meant to crack down on abuses by for-profit colleges to the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 4049, which the chamber will consider this week, reported Politico.
One amendment, led by Sen. Hassan, would require the Education Department to create a tracking system to collect complaints about colleges, including their recruiting and marketing practices. The system would also accept complaints against student loan servicers—and allow for the submission of anonymous complaints.
A second amendment, led by. Sen. Durbin, would make changes to the federal 90/10 rule, which imposes a cap on the amount of federal student aid that can flow to for-profit colleges. Under the proposal, for-profit colleges' receipt of all federal funds—including most GI Bill money—would be capped at 85 percent, up from the current 90 percent.
Another amendment, led by Sen. Durbin, would require the Pentagon's online college comparison tools for servicemembers to include information about whether a college is under federal or state investigation.
An amendment, led by Sen. Brown, would prohibit any college from using Pentagon Tuition Assistance money or other Defense Department education aid dollars for "advertising, recruiting, or marketing activities."