Fitch Ratings: Vulnerable US Private Colleges at Risk from New Federal, State Actions

The credit or even viability of small U.S. private colleges serving sizable low-income and minority populations, many already financially vulnerable to operational and enrollment stress, is threatened by new hurdles posed by recent federal and state actions, Fitch Ratings says. Recent federal financial aid processing delays, overtime pay proposals and merger/acquisition regulation, together with the U.S. Supreme Court’s abolition of race-conscious admissions in 2023, place greater pressure on these colleges. State efforts to provide minimal-cost public college access to lower income residents also increases the acute competition faced by these institutions. Read more.