The ever-growing and diversifying U.S. higher education marketplace holds great promise in providing students with an array of college options that can best serve their educational needs and foster their career aspirations. Unfortunately, the informational imbalance between institutions and consumers has left some students susceptible to false and misleading claims through unscrupulous practices on the part of some colleges. In recent years, the expansion of higher education providers has been accompanied by troubling allegations of widespread consumer fraud and abuse, which has led to the prosecution of several postsecondary providers in many states. The shared regulatory triad consisting of the states, federal government and accrediting bodies has failed in many instances to provide meaningful consumer protection, resulting in harmful consequences for students and taxpayers. AASCU supports a robust consumer protection framework for higher education that empowers students with useful, accurate data to make an informed choice about postsecondary education. The association encourages states and the federal government to pursue and prosecute educational providers that engage in fraudulent and abusive activity. Further, AASCU supports pragmatic rules in federal student aid programs that work to protect students, parents and taxpayers. The regulation of distance education is of growing significance as online education providers increasingly work across state lines. Complexity, confusion and costs of compliance would be reduced through greater commonality in state compliance or if institutions only had to comply with the rules of a single jurisdiction recognized by all states. Abuses in the delivery of distance education require a clear, understandable state grievance process for students. In addition, quality assurance mechanisms need to be in place to ensure that students are receiving value for their investment.