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He added that non-traditional students also would be impacted. The for-profit sector often is the choice of older students, single parents and others because of the flexible class schedules and, in many cases, ability to learn online.

Republicans on Capitol Hill also slammed the proposal.

“This proposed rule will weaken both choice and access for some of our most disadvantaged higher education students and will be highly destructive to our system of higher education,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican and his party’s ranking member on the Senate Education Committee.