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|Students Not So Happy with For-Profit Colleges
|(IRN)-Former students of for-profit colleges are speaking their minds about how their schools failed them in finding them a job and preparing for work.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis (D-Chicago) heard from two former students during a for-profit college forum in Chicago. Both told their stories of big debt and no job after attending non-traditional, for-0profit universities that lure student with online course work and promises of job placement immediately after graduation.
Durbin is pushing legislation that would change the way those schools are accredited and better regulate how federal tax dollars in the form of student loans flow to for-profit colleges. He says in many cases, Pell grants and other federal loans are available to students attending these colleges, even if they are not accredited, their credits won't transfer to larger universities and the schools' graduation and job placement rates are dismal.
Megan Hansen graduated in three years with a degree in criminal justice from Westwood College. She says she hasn't been able to get a job with the degree and has since been attending community college. She says her student loans ended up costing far more than she initially was told. She says she has also had little help from the school in securing a job.
Durbin acknowledges that there are some good for-profit schools that deserve a place in America's options for higher education, but he says many of the schools fear better oversight and accountability.
(Source: Illinois Radio Network)
|04 29 11 by Newsroom
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