Proprietary Schools:

Analysis of Comments Received From an Association of Schools

HEHS-98-12R: Published: Oct 10, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 1997.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO responded to the President of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools' (AACS) comments about certain findings in GAO's report on federal student financial aid being spent to train proprietary school students for oversupplied occupations.

GAO noted that: (1) GAO reviewed AACS' comments and considered them in the context of GAO's work; (2) GAO does not agree with AACS' comments that GAO's report is misleading, inaccurate, and based on a flawed methodology; (3) GAO's findings and recommendations reflect the need to ensure that students have access to and get important information on local job labor market conditions; and (4) GAO believes that implementing its recommendations would help ensure that prospective proprietary school students have the information they need to make better and more informed educational decisions and may help them to avoid spending federal student aid to study for oversupplied occupations.

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