Left in the Lurch by Private Loans From For-Profit Colleges | New York Times
Ms. Campbell’s loan is a tiny fraction of the more than $30 million owed to Florida Career College’s parent company, the International Education Corporation. The company doesn’t care whether she, and thousands of others, ever fully pay it back. Its main reason for lending to people like her is so the company can operate its other, much more lucrative business model — reaping revenue from federal student aid. By law, a tenth of a for-profit school’s revenue must come from sources other than federal financial aid (loans, grants and other programs students use to pay for college) and loans like Ms. Campbell’s help them meet that quota.
“Attacking the Concept of Debt” | Harvard Magazine
Only a few years ago, Douglas Jones, who worked night shifts as a security guard at a nursing home in Roxbury, was hesitant to spend even $10 more than his typical budget allowed. Payments on his student loan debt were being withdrawn directly from his bank account. If the balance was short—for instance, if Jones hadn’t managed to get 40 hours at his job that week—the bank charged an overdraft fee. The debt had ruined his credit score and he hadn’t had a credit card in years. “They were even taking money I didn’t have,” Jones says. “It was stressing me the hell out.” Along with millions of other Americans, Jones had fallen prey to the for-profit college industry, which is in essence a two-pronged system—federal loans at one end and for-profit schools designed to access those loans at the other.
Why Did The CARES Act Give More Money To Hair Schools Than To A Community College? | NBC News
After $14 billion was set aside for higher education in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Houston Community College and the Paul Mitchell Schools both got financial relief. The Houston college, a public institution with nearly 60,000 students, received $28.3 million. The for-profit hair and cosmetology schools received $30.5 million, despite serving only 20,000 students.
Students Call College That Got Millions In Coronavirus Relief ‘A Sham’ | NPR
A for-profit college received millions of dollars from the federal government to help low-income students whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus outbreak, but that same school, Florida Career College (FCC), is also accused of defrauding students.
For-Profit College Set To Collect $17 Million In Federal Stimulus Cash Is Sued For Predatory Practices | Forbes
Florida Career College, a for-profit two-year vocational school, is getting $17 million in federal coronavirus relief money. It’s one of dozens of for-profits slated to receive a total of $1.1 billion in grants included in the $14 billion Congress set aside for institutions of higher education in the CARES Act, passed last month.
Class Action: Ex-Students Sue Florida For-Profit College Over Allegedly Worthless Education | LAW.COM
Former students have bad things to say about a for-profit college that allegedly took their money and left them jobless.
Florida For-Profit College, Getting $17 Million in COVID-19 Aid, Accused of Scamming Black Students | Republic Report
Faced with concerns from critics in Congress and elsewhere that many for-profit colleges will take advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to accelerate predatory behavior, the industry’s chief lobbyist, Steve Gunderson, has been repeating his claim that the bad actors among for-profit schools have shuttered, and what remains are sincere, hard-working operations focused on helping students.
Court Revives Suit Against U.S. Over Fraudulent Student Loans | New York Law Journal
Former beauty school students may pursue claims that the U.S. Department of Education defied federal law by collecting student loans it knew may have been obtained fraudulently, a federal appeals court determined.
U.S. Must Face Lawsuit Over Beauty School Student Loans | Reuters
A U.S. appeals court in New York revived a lawsuit seeking to stop the government from collecting on loans made to students of a nationwide beauty school chain, since it knew the now-defunct company routinely falsified student eligibility for those loans.
Parents Poised to Gain Easier Access to College Loans | The Wall Street Journal
Amid Enrollment Pinch, Tighter Standards Put on Borrowing Program in 2011 in Line to Be Loosened. The Obama administration is moving to ease access to student loans for parents with damaged credit, a policy reversal that could saddle poor families with piles of debt but also boost college enrollment.