For-Profit Beauty School Chain Shuts Down Just Days After Losing Federal Funding

For-Profit Beauty School Chain Shuts Down Just Days After Losing Federal Funding

Just days after losing access to federal student financial aid because it allegedly falsified records and overcharged students, the for-profit Marinello Schools of Beauty has  shuttered all of its campuses. [More]

Two For-Profit College Chains Lose Government Funding Over Misrepresentations, Inflated Job Placement Rates

Two For-Profit College Chains Lose Government Funding Over Misrepresentations, Inflated Job Placement Rates

If you hear a for-profit college touting its high job-placement rate, you’ve got good reason to be skeptical. Federal regulators have cut of government funding to two more for-profit education chains caught inflating placement stats.
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College Financial Service Provider Higher One To Pay More Than $55M In Fines, Refunds For Misleading Students

College Financial Service Provider Higher One To Pay More Than $55M In Fines, Refunds For Misleading Students

Higher One, Inc. promises to help students reach their goal of achieving a degree by providing money management and refund services. But federal regulators say the company misled these students into paying improper fees, opening unneeded accounts through deceptive marketing tactics, and now it must pay $55 million in fines and restitution to harmed consumers.  [More]

The operation sent millions of letters like the one picture above to students and families promising assistance in receiving financial aid.

Feds Sue Scammers Who Charged For Bogus Student Financial Aid Assistance

Paying for college out of pocket is nearly impossible for millions of prospective students. Instead, these individuals turn to scholarships, grants, and student loans, often relying on financial service programs to assist them in obtaining the funds. But not all of the companies promising a helping hand are looking out for your best interests. That was apparently the case for a California company accused of ripping off tens of thousands of victims in a nationwide financial aid scam. [More]

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Colleges Paying Sketchy Agents To Recruit Rich Foreign Students

With schools looking for ways to bolster their bottom lines without having to rely on federal funding, a growing number of colleges are paying recruiters to bring in well-heeled students from overseas — even though some of these agents have been caught trying to fake applicants’ transcripts. [More]

Billions In College Aid Will Go Unclaimed Again Because Students Won’t Fill Out A Stupid Form

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Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Way back in December, we advised high school seniors who planned on attending college to not be stupid and go fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] form right away. Every year, billions of dollars in grant and loan money goes unclaimed because students and their parents never get around to filling out this paperwork, and it looks like the upcoming school year will be no different. [More]

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U.S. Department Of Education Cuts Ties With Five Debt Collection Agencies To Protect Borrowers

Consumer advocates applauded the Department of Education’s announcement last week to end contracts with five private collection agencies that provided inaccurate information to borrowers. [More]

Glitch In FAFSA Form Changes Thousands Of Future College Students’ Financial Aid Offers

Glitch In FAFSA Form Changes Thousands Of Future College Students’ Financial Aid Offers

Federal financial aid is a vital part of funding many college careers; even the slightest mistake on a form could mean the difference between attending school and taking out costly private student loans. For thousands of prospective college students a glitch in this year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form may have put their financial aid offers at risk. [More]

One University Saved Students $31M In Student Loans By Sending Them A Letter

One University Saved Students $31M In Student Loans By Sending Them A Letter

“Know before you owe” took on a different meaning for students at Indiana University this year. A new initiative by the school resulted in students borrowing nearly $31 million less than in previous years. [More]

Colleges Tight-Lipped On Revealing How They Divvy Out Financial Aid

Colleges Tight-Lipped On Revealing How They Divvy Out Financial Aid

When choosing a college to attend most teens and their families shop around a little. With tuition skyrocketing, many consumers look at financial aid offered by universities as a top priority when considering which institution to attend. Even with regulations on the books requiring schools to outline how financial aid is distributed, families are finding it nearly impossible to estimate their child’s worth to a school. [More]

Federal Lawsuit Claims For-Profit College Group Misled Students, Falsified Documents

Federal Lawsuit Claims For-Profit College Group Misled Students, Falsified Documents

We’ve heard horror stories about some for-profit colleges from students: the false promise of gainful employment after completing a short program at the cost of thousands of dollars. Now come claims from former employees about alleged fraud carried out by officials at a for-profit college group thanks to a federal lawsuit. [More]

GAO: Changes Needed For Student Debit Cards Offered By Colleges, Universities

GAO: Changes Needed For Student Debit Cards Offered By Colleges, Universities

Going to college comes with a new set of responsibilities for students, and one of those responsibilities is being in charge of their own finances. What better way to impart a lesson in finances than giving them access to federal student aid on a prepaid debit card? As the use of such cards is growing in popularity at universities and colleges, advocates are calling for more oversight to their use. [More]

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New Rules Could Hold Career Education Programs Accountable For Graduates’ Success

While college tuitions and student loan debt has skyrocketed, a number of institutions — especially for-profit schools — have been criticized for failing to provide sufficient education and guidance to students who are then stuck without jobs and without the ability to pay back student loans. Starting Monday morning, the Dept. of Education will begin hearing feedback on a recently drafted regulation that would hold schools accountable for the performance of their students in the real world. [More]

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The CFPB Answers Your Student Loan Questions, Part 1: For Prospective Students

A little while back, we asked Consumerist readers to send in their student loan-related questions to Rohit Chopra, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Student Loan Ombudsman. Today, we’re bringing you his answers in three parts, each dealing with a different aspect of the topic. Since it’s about time for next year’s freshman class to decide on schools and financial aid packages, we’re starting with answers for prospective students. [More]

Number Of Teens Expecting To Depend On Parents Into Adulthood Has Doubled Since 2011

(source: Junior Achievement)

In what could be an indicator of either a massive drop in teens’ financial prospects or the fact that teens today are getting more realistic about their financial futures, a new survey shows that the percentage of teenagers who expect to remain dependent on mom and/or dad until at least age 27 has doubled in just the last two years. [More]

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13 Attorneys General Voice Support For Federal Bill To Curb Advertising By For-Profit Schools

Earlier this week, Senators Kay Hagan (North Carolina) and Tom Harkin (Iowa) decided to take another go at introducing legislation that would seek to limit the amount of federal money for-profit schools could spend on advertising. At the same time, the Attorneys General from 13 states penned a letter to the chairs and ranking members of key Senate and House voicing their support for the bill. [More]

The Dept. of Ed form not many schools are using.

Students & Families Getting Screwed Because Schools Won’t Adopt Standard Financial Aid Letter

If you went to college, you’re probably familiar with the financial aid letters that detail — in not very much detail — the loans, grants and other assistance the school can offer. These letters vary from school to school, even though the Dept. of Education created a standard form, and it’s students and their families that pay the price. [More]

Lawmakers Suddenly Care About Those Fee-Laden College Cards That Are Now In The News

Lawmakers Suddenly Care About Those Fee-Laden College Cards That Are Now In The News

Earlier today, we told you about the U.S. Public Interest Research Group report on how the growing number of ethically questionable partnerships between U.S. colleges and financial institutions was resulting in millions of college students being pushed toward receiving their financial aid payments on cards costing hundreds of millions of dollars in fees to users each year. The study appears to have gotten the attention of some folks in Washington. [More]