Judge strikes ‘gainful employment’ rule

Parts of the Education Department’s “gainful employment” rule are invalid, a federal judge has ruled. The for-profit colleges’ trade association had challenged the rule, which could cut off student loan eligibility to vocational programs whose graduates don’t earn enough to pay off their loans.

Also on Community College Spotlight: High school graduates and their parents are increasingly wary of high college costs, guidance counselors say. More students are starting at community college or living at home to save money.

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