Durbin Statement on Decision by D.C. District Court to Uphold Gainful Employment Regulations

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today praised the decision by the Washington, D.C. District Court to uphold the Department of Education’s “gainful employment” regulation in its entirety, just as prior courts have concluded.  The regulation was challenged in a lawsuit brought by a for-profit college group, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. 


“Today’s ruling is good news for students – too many of whom have been lured into worthless for-profit college programs that leave them deep in debt and unable to find a job.  Multiple attempts by the for-profit college industry to escape accountability and block the implementation of the Gainful Employment Rule have now failed,” said Durbin.  “In light of this clear court ruling, any attempt by Congress to block implementation of these regulations is nothing more than shielding an industry that accounts for 44% of all student loan defaults from the scrutiny it deserves.”