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Courts Rule in Favor of College Consumer Protection

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The great hope of families and students investing in higher education has been that student loan payments will be affordable with the expected salary students will earn after graduation. The D.C. District Court ruled this week that the US Department of Education can require schools to show salaries of graduates in relation to anticipated student loan monthly payments to allow consumers to make an informed choice.

The "Gainful Employment Rule",which goes into effect July 1, 2015, requires colleges to demonstrate that the expected loan payment of the average graduate does not exceed 8% of his total income or 20% of discretionary income. Colleges unable to demonstrate that success rate for graduates will risk a loss of federal funding. That means students won't be eligible for federal grants and loans-a real deal breaker for keeping colleges open. 

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