The argument from CTI schools/students though is that they are told before they paid for CTI that this was THE way ( other than military) to become a controller, much like going to law school is the way to become a lawyer.The bill was introduced because the CTI schools whined to their congressmen - look at what states the senators who introduced the bill are from. Regional and issue-specific bills like this get introduced all the time, and a large percentage of them never go anywhere, but the senator still gets votes and a fat check for caring about their constituents' issues. In reality, I think it will be a hard sell for this to actually make it into a law - by heavily favoring expensive private colleges for preferential hiring for government jobs, you're inevitably gonna see a lot less racial and socioeconomic diversity among controllers, and I think a lot of people are gonna make noise about essentially locking underprivileged minorities out of highly lucrative government jobs.
The goal is not to fill the workplace with diversity, the goal is to fill to workplace with the best qualified candidates. Diversity is important, but the FAA, went about it in the wrong way in my opinion.
And let's be real here, ANYONE can get a college loan these days, so socioeconomic status really doesn't matter.