The Biden administration is continuing the Obama administration’s attack on for-profit trade schools, putting working-class students at a disadvantage, according to a report by the American Accountability Foundation (AAF).
The report accuses the Education Department, led by Richard Cordray, of pursuing a “witch hunt” against career colleges. Cordray, who previously served as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and attorney general of Ohio, is allegedly working with left-wing figures and Democratic state attorneys general to unfairly target career colleges.
The AAF’s report focuses on Cordray and his team of “partisan ideologues,” who are accused of using the federal student aid process for political purposes. The report alleges that the administration is biased towards state-run or traditional private colleges and universities, even when those may not be the best fit for students.
Career colleges have been under fire since the Obama administration, which created the Federal Student Aid Enforcement Unit in 2016 to conduct oversight on all federal education funds. The unit mostly focused on for-profit schools. The Obama administration also adopted a “gainful employment” rule allowing the Education Department to cut off aid to a school’s students if a certain number of them had too much debt relative to their earnings.
In contrast, the Trump administration closed the student financial aid enforcement office and raised the threshold for students to be able to seek debt relief. The Biden administration, however, relaunched an enforcement office under federal student aid and has requested a 600% increase in funding from the prior year.
The AAF argues that the Biden administration’s focus on career colleges is disproportionate and puts working-class students at a disadvantage. They accuse Cordray and his team of being biased against for-profit institutions and pursuing a political agenda.
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