Students’ Financial Future in Jeopardy – YOU CAN HELP!

Posted: August 30, 2010 in Commentary
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Sent to you on behalf of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale President Chuck Nagele:

As you know, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale has been a longtime supporter of your organization and the good work you do.  As an education provider, we not only feel the responsibility to help shape the lives of our students, but also to shape the community we call home.  The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale takes tremendous pride in providing our students the education and skills they need to make an impact in the workplace, and in tandem with you, we also work to provide them opportunities to have an impact on the lives of those around us.   Simply put, we value our association with your organization, as well as the opportunities it affords our students.

At present, our schools are fighting an important policy issue that has the potential to greatly limit opportunities for our students and, thus, limit our ability to give back to our community.  The Department of Education has proposed a rule, deceptively named “Gainful Employment,” that could potentially restrict access to Title IV student loans necessary for most low/moderate-income students.  Under the proposed rule, a program’s eligibility for financial assistance is determined under a series of arbitrary and loosely researched metrics.  Students’ access to financial assistance would be restricted, preventing the student from attending the career program and thereby eliminating future opportunities to partner with your organization.  In fact, one study, conducted by a University of Chicago economist Jonathan Guryan, estimated that 360,000 students would be impacted by the proposed rule.

We respectfully request your assistance.  Please log on to: http://www.aiactioncenter.com
and follow the prompts. You can simply choose the paragraph you would like, add a comment, if you wish, and then hit sent. They will automatically send your letter to the legislators.

Thank you, again, for the work your organization does, and for the strong relationship you have with our school.  We value this partnership, and appreciate your willingness to assist us at this important time.  Should you have any questions about the “Gainful Employment” rule or our letter request, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Chuck Nagele
President, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 

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