For-Profit Colleges

For-profit institutions have come under fire for saddling students with too much debt and not enough job options, even as enrollment has nearly tripled to 1.8 million since 2000. New federal regulations are aimed squarely at the booming businesses, threatening to cut off student aid if too many graduates default on their loans. See all our Special Reports

In 2015 and 2016, 3.9 million college students dropped out of college with debt, Jill Barshay wrote in The Hechinger Report. Data from College Scorecard of the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.

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Federal data shows 3.9 million students dropped out of college with debt in 2015 and 2016

For-profit sector produced a disproportionate share of indebted dropouts

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For-profit colleges stay quietly on offense

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The fine print behind the seemingly civic-spirited return to tuition reimbursement benefits

Seeking a fresh start, battered for-profit colleges give themselves a new name

Rebranding highlights a three-year strategy to reverse dramatic enrollment declines


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