Little college aid for job seekers

Federal college aid overwhelmingly goes to students pursuing degrees, while many seeking vocational certificates don’t qualify for aid. Taxpayers should support people who want to learn high-demand job skills — computer techs and nurse’s aides — not people who want to spend four years studying Shakespeare, argues a workforce researcher.

Students who earn credits for competency, not just “seat time,” will be eligible for federal student aid, if their college’s competency-based program is approved by accreditors.

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  1. Roger Sweeny says:

    “… if their college’s competency-based program is approved by accreditors.”

    Call me cynical but I see a big problem here. Accreditors come from the existing “firms” in the “industry.” They have incentive to keep out new competition. They can set standards that will make things more difficult for students who want to get credits for “competency” rather than “seat time” and/or raise the cost. And, of course, the accreditation process will take time and money.