The Impact of
Since 2014, nearly 500,000 students were left in the lurch after their colleges unexpectedly closed, many as a result of financial hardships.
These unchecked closures are a clear example of the need for greater federal consumer protection guardrails on the front end to prevent students and taxpayers from facing this situation in the first place.
As more Americans plan to enroll in, or return to postsecondary education in the coming months, in response to the economic downturn as a result of COVID-19, it's more critical than ever there are mechanisms in place to ensure institutions don't leave students worse off than before they started.
Check out these resources to learn more:
Anticipating & Managing College Closures
New America Report: Anticipating and Managing Precipitous College ClosuresNGA & New America Report: Managing Institutional Closure: The Role of States in Connecting Systems to Protect StudentsThe Century Foundation Blog Post: To Monitor for Colleges That May Soon Fold, Look to LiquidityThe Century Foundation Report: How to Stop Sudden College ClosuresVeterans Education Success Report: VA and States Should Act on Early Warning Signs When Risks to GI Bill Beneficiaries and Taxpayers Emerge at Participating Schools
Reducing Impact From College Closures
Third Way Video: The Impact of School ClosuresThe Century Foundation Commentary: Reducing Harm from Sudden College ClosuresVeterans Education Success Video: Student Story on School ClosureVeterans Education Success Student Advice Page: Did Your School Close?
Recommendations for Policymakers
New America Public Comments: Comments on Distance Education and Innovation Proposed RuleCenter for American Progress Memo: Congress Needs To Ensure Educational Equity in the Wake of the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American Progress Q&A: An Investment for Generations: A Q&A on Advancing Equity in Higher Education Amid the Coronavirus PandemicThe Education Trust Resource Page: Creating Accountability for College Access and Success: Recommendations for the Higher Education Act and BeyondHigher Learning Advocates Student Stories: Meet Today's Students
Add your voice to the chorus of support
for improving consumer protections in higher ed!
Speak directly with experts working to make this happen:
Center for American Progress
The Century Foundation
Veterans Education Success
Wil Del Pilar
The Education Trust
Higher Learning Advocates