Education Department shouldn’t have OK’d federal aid for 5 for-profits on Sweet v. Cardona list, advocacy group says

Higher Ed Dive 

Natalie Schwartz
November 22, 2022
Dive Brief: 
  • The U.S. Department of Education is allowing several for-profit colleges to continue accessing federal financial aid even though they’re facing scrutiny from state attorneys general and their accreditors, according to a new report from the National Student Legal Defense Network.
  • The advocacy group says the Education Department has recently allowed five for-profit colleges to sign program participation agreements, which are contracts giving institutions access to federal student loans and Pell Grants under the condition they follow federal higher education laws and regulations. The PPAs allow the colleges to keep tapping federal financial aid until 2024.
  • Each of the colleges in question are on a list of institutions whose former students will automatically receive debt relief under a recent $6 billion settlement with the Education Department. And one, the Pittsburgh Career Institute, is closing this week after its accreditor lost federal recognition.