NACAC Expresses Disappointment Over Failure to Override Presidential Veto of Borrower Defense Resolution

Michael Rose

Arlington, VA (June 29, 2020) – The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) expressed its disappointment that the US House of Representatives was unable to override President Trump’s veto of a bipartisan resolution of disapproval of the "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability” rule.

The rule, issued in September 2019 by US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, makes it difficult for students who were defrauded by unscrupulous colleges or universities to have their federal student loans forgiven, leaving them with significant debts.

Six Republicans joined 232 Democrats in supporting the override vote. The US Constitution allows for legislation to go into effect if two-thirds of the House of Representatives and two-thirds of the Senate vote to override a presidential veto. The House vote was 238-173; 290 votes were needed.

Without the override, the rule will go into effect July 1, essentially removing the recourse previously offered to students who had been defrauded by certain for-profit colleges through the use of misleading, high-pressure sales tactics. NACAC urges Congress to pass legislation that would once again protect students and taxpayers from unscrupulous colleges. 


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 14,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

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