This letter to Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, voices CRL's strong opposition to H.R. 4508, "Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act."

Prosperity and economic security are laudable and elusive goals for many Americans, and we believe the Higher Education Act should play a key role in increasing affordability and access to quality educational programs for all, especially low-income students and students of color. Unfortunately, the PROSPER Act does nothing to make this goal more attainable for those who have been systematically and deliberately excluded from the American dream. Rather than attempt to remedy this reality, this Committee has chosen to extend more prosperity to those who least need it: for-profit colleges that prey on the vulnerable and wealthy individuals who have always had access to higher education.