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    Support the APSCU Fighting Salmon!

    As you may be aware, the U.S. Department of Education is considering a new rule to deny financial aid to students who attend a career college that the Department has targeted for having too much student loan debt or default rates. Congress is also considering restricting aid to career college students.

    These ideas would not apply to any other type of school.

    While loan debt is a serious problem, these actions would affect about two million students who want to attend a school that meets their needs better than traditional four or even two-year colleges. They also unfairly target students from ethnic minority backgrounds and working-class communities, who are more likely to attend career colleges.

    Students from every background deserve a chance to better themselves, particularly in this difficult economy.

    The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) is leading the fight against these charges and attacks on non-traditional institutions. Its website highlights a few facts:

    • Career college students are usually from lower-income families and more likely to need financial aid than students at "traditional" colleges, who are more often from middle-class or wealthier families and are less likely to need (or qualify for) as many loans.
    • When you compare students at all colleges who are from lower-income families, loan repayment rates are about the same.
    • Recent rises in default rates are the result of the recession as people are laid off from their jobs and companies slow down or stop hiring new employees.

    So what is the real difference between career colleges and traditional colleges?

    • Career colleges attract students who have family and/or job responsibilities−including military duties−and need flexible schedules.
    • Career college students don`t have time for the Greek life (fraternities and sororities).
    • Career colleges don`t have school mascots.

    APSCU suspects this third reason might be what`s really upsetting policymakers. So, they created their own mascot--The Fighting Salmon.

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