The Higher Education Act of 1965 requires that programs in need of federal aid must provide their students "gainful employment in a recognized profession."
DeVry averaged repayment rates of 40% at its universities last year. Strayer Education, like Corinthian's Everest colleges, averaged in the low 20s. The Washington Post's Kaplan came in slightly higher at weighted average of 28%, the company said.
At those levels, Strayer, Kaplan and Everest colleges would be ineligible for federal aid if the proposed legislation is enacted.
Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian, which operates in 24 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Ontario, grew fiscal-fourth-quarter profits by 46.1% to $33.9 million, or 38 cents per share, up from $23.2 million, or 26 cents per share, in the year-earlier period.
Despite the marked improvement, Corinthian's earnings missed expectations for earnings of $34.4 million, or 39 cents per share.
Corinthian expects first-fiscal-quarter earnings per share in a range between 38 cents and 41 cents, while analysts' consensus call is for earnings of 45 cents per share.
Revenue came in at $482.7 million, up 36.5% from $353.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, and beating expectations for revenue of $477.1 million.
-- Reported by Miriam Marcus Reimer from New York.
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