Who Supports Strong GE Regulations?

Who Supports the Gainful Employment Regulation?

Despite multiple federal court rulings upholding the gainful employment regulation finalized in 2014, the for-profit college industry continues to seek its repeal. The coalition and others have strongly opposed efforts to repeal or delay this common-sense regulation.

Coalition Letter from 56 organizations to Representatives Susie Lee and Rosa DeLauro — June 2019

Coalition Letter from 37 organizations to Chairmen Lamar Alexander and Bobby Scott, and Ranking Members Patty Murry and Virginia Foxx — May 2019

Coalition Letter from 56 Organizations to Senators Hassan and Durbin in Support of the PROTECT Students Act — April 2019

Coalition Letter from 49 Organizations to 116th Congress on the Higher Education Act Reauthorization — January 2019

Coalition Letter from 53 Organizations on the Gainful Employment Disclosure Template — January 2019

TICAS Detailed Comments on the Gainful Employment Rule — September 2018

Coalition Letter from 68 Organizations to Secretary DeVos Urging the Department to Enforce the Gainful Employment Rule — September 2018

Legal Brief from 16 Organizations in Support of the Gainful Employment Rule — March 2018

Coalition Comment Opposing the Delay, Dismantling, or Weakening of the Gainful Employment or Borrower Defense Rules — July 2017

Coalition Letter Supporting Rules that Protect Students and Taxpayers from Waste and Fraud in Higher Education — March 2017

Letter from 20 State Attorneys General Opposing Efforts to Weaken Student Protections — February 2017

Veterans and Military Organizations Letter Opposing Efforts to Weaken Gainful Employment and Other Student Protections — February 2017

Coalition Letter Opposing Efforts to Weaken Gainful Employment Regulation and Other Student Protections — June 2016

State Attorneys General Letter Opposing Efforts to Block Gainful Employment and Other Student Protections — November 2015

Coalition Letter Opposing Efforts to Block Gainful Employment Regulation — October 2015

Coalition Letter Opposing the “Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act — April 2015

Courts Uphold Gainful Employment Rule

When the for-profit college industry filed lawsuits in 2014, coalition members submitted amicus briefs in support of the rule at both the district court level and the appellate court level. The district courts upheld the regulation in its entirety and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit court unanimously affirmed the district court ruling.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York decision upholding the Gainful Employment Rule — May 2015

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decision upholding the Gainful Employment Rule — June 2015

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision unanimously affirming the lower court’s decision — March 2016

Comments on the Department of Education’s proposed gainful employment regulation were due on May 27, 2014. Many organizations and elected officials submitted comments for a strong rule. Links to comments from elected officials and select organizations are below

Members of Congress | State Attorneys General | Organizations

Members of Congress

U.S. Senator Tom Carper

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Representative Suzanne Bonamici

Representative Julia Brownley

Representative Donna Christensen

Representative Judy Chu

Representative Emanuel Cleaver

Representative Steve Cohen

Representative John Conyers

Representative Elijah Cummings

Representative Danny Davis

Representative Susan Davis

Representative Rosa DeLauro

Representative Suzan Delbene

Representative Keith Ellison

Representative Sam Farr

Representative Marcia Fudge

Representative Raul Grijalva

Representative Janice Hahn

Representative Ruben Hinojosa

Representative Rush Holt

Representative Michael Honda

Representative Jared Huffman

Representative Hakeem Jeffries

Representative Hank Johnson

Representative Barbara Lee

Representative Alan Lowenthal

Representative Jim McDermott

Representative Gwen Moore

Representative Grace Napolitano

Representative Negrette McLeod

Representative Collin Peterson

Representative Jared Polis

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard

Representative Bobby Rush

Representative Janice Schakowsky

Representative Adam Schiff

Representative Jackie Speier

Representative Mark Takano

Representative Maxine Waters

Representative Henry Waxman

Attorneys General

Connecticut Attorney General

Illinois Attorney General

Iowa Attorney General

Kentucky Attorney General

Maryland Attorney General

Massachusetts Attorney General

Nevada Attorney General

New Mexico Attorney General

Oregon Attorney General


American Association of State Colleges and Universities

American Council on Education

American Federation of Teachers

Association of the United States Navy

Center for Responsible Lending

Consumer Federation of California

Consumers Union

The Education Trust

Initiative to Protect Student Veterans, University of San Diego Veterans Legal Clinic

The Institute for College Access & Success

Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America

Mississippi Center for Justice

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)

National Association for College Admission Counseling

National Consumer Law Center

National Guard Association of the United States

New America Foundation

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Veterans Education Success

Veterans for Common Sense

Veterans Student Loan Relief Fund


VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association

Vietnam Veterans of America

Young Invincibles

In May and early June 2013, the Department of Education held four public hearings to accept input on topics to consider in upcoming negotiated rulemaking sessions, and it also accepted written comments. For information on who spoke at the hearings and submitted written comments, please go here.

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