U.S. Senator says proposal would hurt community colleges

CHICAGO - Proposed regulations that proponents argue will protect students who attend some colleges from amassing huge debts they can't pay off are being criticized by United States Senator Mark Kirk.

Under rules proposed by the Obama administration, career-oriented programs that produce graduates without the training they need to find a job that will allow them to pay off their debts would be penalized.  

However, Kirk says the regulations would unfairly penalize community colleges and other institutions, and adds they would inadvertently harm poorer students, who have struggled economically.

In a statement released on Monday, Kirk argues that institutions that would be most affected often offer good options to "traditionally underserved students."

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