Report Finds Problems With For-Profit Colleges

New research is revealing some policies and behaviors referred to as “predatory” by for-profit colleges in Michigan. Michigan League for Public Policy Senior Policy Analyst Peter Ruark says according to his group’s findings, many for-profit schools have already been penalized for consumer protection violations.

Things such as deceiving students about their accreditation and internship opportunities; deceptive predatory tactics for borrowers; misrepresenting courses.”

Ruark says the for-profit schools don’t receive the same oversight as public universities or community colleges, and contends they should be required to disclose all federal funding. The report also suggests restoring Obama-era protections for student borrowers and encouraging high-school counselors to better educate students on how to weigh costs and benefits when choosing a college.