For-Profit College Or Fictional School: Can You Tell Them Apart?

For-Profit College Or Fictional School: Can You Tell Them Apart?

When coming up with the name for a institution of higher learning, you often want to find that sweet spot where academia, history, and marketability meet; and you also have to make sure no one else is already using that name. [More]

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Proposed Rule Stops Colleges From Stripping Students Of Their Right To Sue

A recent study found that almost all of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains have enrollment agreements that block students from suing the school and prevent them from joining in class actions against these colleges. Following the 2015 bankruptcy and collapse of mega-chain Corinthian Colleges Inc., the sagging numbers at University of Phoenix, last week’s death knell for Brown Mackie College, and pending investigations and lawsuits against ITT and others, the Department of Education has decided that maybe these schools — which reap billions in federal aid each year — should probably have to be held accountable in a court of law when they screw students over. [More]

Are You A Brown Mackie College Student Or Staffer? We Want To Hear From You

Are You A Brown Mackie College Student Or Staffer? We Want To Hear From You

This morning, for-profit educator Brown Mackie College announced it was gradually closing all but a few of its more than 25 campuses in 15 states. While we’ve seen what the school is telling students and employees about the situation, we want to hear directly from those who are most affected by this news. [More]

Is ITT Tech Headed For A Collapse? School Required To Set Aside Funds Just In Case

Is ITT Tech Headed For A Collapse? School Required To Set Aside Funds Just In Case

Trouble continues to mount for ITT Educational Services. The for-profit college operator behind the ITT Technical Institute chain, which is already under investigation by federal and state agencies for a slew of abusive and misleading practices, must now have enough money on hand just in case it’s forced to close its doors.  [More]

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Graduation Rates: The Telltale Sign Of Success Or Indicator Of Failure?

For millions of students, attending college is a means to a better life: more job prospects, and higher earnings over a lifetime. While students who enroll and graduate from an institution of higher learning often reach those goals — despite graduating with thousands of dollars in loan debt – millions of others never graduate and face mounting financial obstacles. [More]

20,000 For-Profit College Students Ask Education Dept. To Cancel Their Student Loans

20,000 For-Profit College Students Ask Education Dept. To Cancel Their Student Loans

As the fallout continues from the collapse of Corinthian Colleges Inc. — former operator of Everest University, WyoTech, and Heald College — the Department of Education is trying to sort through nearly 20,000 loan-forgiveness requests from former students who claim that CCI and other for-profit colleges misled them into taking out huge student loans. [More]

University Of Phoenix To Stop Stripping Students Of Their Right To Sue School

University Of Phoenix To Stop Stripping Students Of Their Right To Sue School

A recent study found that student enrollment agreements at virtually all of the nation’s biggest for-profit colleges have forced arbitration clauses that strip students of their rights to file a lawsuit against the school, and in most cases bar students from joining their similar or identical disputes together. Under pressure from lawmakers and consumer advocates who questioned how these schools could continue to take billions in federal aid while trying to avoid accountability in the courtroom, the nation’s biggest for-profit educator has decided to stop using the controversial arbitration clauses. [More]

U.S. Government Used Fake University To Catch Visa Brokers, Swept Up Students Too

U.S. Government Used Fake University To Catch Visa Brokers, Swept Up Students Too

To root out the education brokers who guide international students to fake colleges that are only visa mills, the Department of Homeland Security set up its own fake university. Yet should the institution’s students, most of whom came from China and India, have known that the school wasn’t legit when it had full government approval and accreditation? [More]

Defunct Beauty School Settles Whistleblower Suit Accusing It Of Falsifying Records

Defunct Beauty School Settles Whistleblower Suit Accusing It Of Falsifying Records

Two months after abruptly closing its doors as a result of losing access to federal student financial aid, the for-profit Marinello Schools of Beauty has settled a whistleblower case that accused the school of engaging in various schemes to defraud the government of federal financial aid dollars.  [More]

Screwed Over By A For-Profit College? You Probably Signed Away Your Right To Sue

Screwed Over By A For-Profit College? You Probably Signed Away Your Right To Sue

When Corinthian Colleges Inc. collapsed, leaving thousands of students in the lurch with student loan debt and credits that they didn’t know would be usable at other schools, they were generally unable to sue the failed for-profit educator because the students had unwittingly signed away their right to a jury trial or class action. CCI wasn’t the only for-profit operator with this anti-consumer practice, and a new report tries to get a grasp on the scope of the problem. [More]

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How Does JetBlue’s New Employee College Tuition Program Compare To Others?

Just like a 401k, health insurance, and other benefits, more and more companies are offering to pay for employees’ college education — or at least part of it — as a way to keep them on the payroll. Joining the increasingly growing list that includes Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Anthem Insurance, and Fiat Chrysler, JetBlue announced today that it would offer crewmembers a program to obtain a college degree.  [More]

Midwest Career College Abruptly Closes Doors, Files For Bankruptcy

Midwest Career College Abruptly Closes Doors, Files For Bankruptcy

Thousands of students attending Wright Career College in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas are now scrambling to figure out how to finish their education after the school abruptly closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy.  [More]

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Appeals Court Shuts Down For-Profit College Industry’s Effort To Avoid Accountability

The for-profit college industry lost an important legal battle today, when a federal appeals court upheld last year’s lower court ruling in favor of new regulations intended to hold these controversial schools accountable. [More]

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]

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College Students Sue Google For Scanning School-Issued Gmail Accounts

Nearly two years after Google agreed to stop data-mining email accounts provided through its Google Apps For Education (GAFE) program, a group of current and former college students have sued the Internet giant for the snooping that did occur for years on the Gmail accounts provided by their university. [More]

No, It’s Probably Not A Great Idea To Rent Your Dorm Room On Airbnb

No, It’s Probably Not A Great Idea To Rent Your Dorm Room On Airbnb

If you were traveling to Boston, an Airbnb listing for a private, one-bedroom unit with a great view of Boston Common might sound pretty attractive. For one college student, however, his success in renting his downtown dorm room was not applauded by his school’s administrators. [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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High School Grads Failed To Claim $2.7B In College Grant Money Last Year

If you’re planning to attend college in the fall but haven’t gone through the not terribly difficult process of filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, you’re potentially giving up your chance to claim thousands of dollars in free money. But you wouldn’t be alone; a new analysis shows that U.S. students failed to claim upwards of $2.7 billion last year because they didn’t take the time to fill out a piece of paper. [More]