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Introduced in House (04/30/2015)

Protections and Regulation for Our Students Act or the PRO Students Act

This bill amends title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require proprietary institutions of higher education (IHEs) to derive at least 15% of their revenue from non-federal sources or risk becoming ineligible for title IV funding.

The legislation establishes a Proprietary Education Oversight Coordination Committee.

IHEs and other postsecondary educational institutions must meet certain requirements regarding entrance counseling for first-time borrowers, disclosure of clinical training agreement terms, disclosure of a mandatory program review, and preparation of students upon successful program completion.

IHEs and other post-secondary educational institutions must not use revenues derived from federal educational assistance funds for recruiting or marketing activities.

It amends title IV program participation requirements to broaden the incentive compensation ban, to prohibit predispute arbitration agreements in student contracts, to establish certain institutional requirements related to student default risk, and to prohibit retaliation against whistleblowers who disclose institutional violations.

The Department of Education (ED) must establish a complaint tracking system, conduct mandatory program reviews of institutions that pose a significant risk of failing to comply with title IV requirements, and recalculate the cohort default rate and redetermine title IV eligibility for institutions that engage in default manipulation.

The legislation permits a federal student loan borrower or ED, on behalf of multiple borrowers, to assert an IHE's unlawful acts or omissions as an affirmative claim or defense against student loan repayment. It also permits ED to impose civil penalties on IHEs that engage in substantial misrepresentation or other serious violations.

Accrediting agencies or associations must not require institutions to enter predispute arbitration agreements with students.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
04/30/2015 Introduced in House

All Actions (3)

Date
11/16/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
Action By: House Education and the Workforce
04/30/2015 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/30/2015 Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Titles (3)

Short Titles:

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced:

PRO Students Act
Protections and Regulation for Our Students Act

Official Titles:

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced:

To improve the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.


Subjects (13)

  • Civil actions and liability
  • Consumer affairs
  • Debt collection
  • Education programs funding
  • Employment discrimination and employee rights
  • Government information and archives
  • Government studies and investigations
  • Higher education
  • Licensing and registrations
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Student aid and college costs
  • Wages and earnings

Cosponsors (12)


Committees (1)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Education and the Workforce04/30/2015 Referred to
House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training11/16/2015 Referred to

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