The United States Department of Education said it would announce a new timetable Friday for releasing the final version of regulations aimed at the for-profit higher-education industry — and education groups are expecting a postponement of the “gainful employment” rule, a controversial rule cutting off federal student aid to programs whose students have the highest debt burdens and lowest loan-repayment rates. The department received about 90,000 public comments on the rule this summer, double the previous record.

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