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.

Student loan default rates inch down as for-profit sector contracts

Rise in income-based repayment plans masks distress that default rates used to reveal

for-profit rules

OPINION: U.S. higher education at risk as DeVos moves to ax for-profit rules

What scrapping the 'gainful employment' rule means for students

For profit colleges

OPINION: Is U.S. higher education headed for ‘Wild West’ tumult?

Lax oversight of for-profit colleges illustrates need for transparency

For-profit colleges lose when two-year colleges offer B.A. degrees

Traditional four-year schools see boost in degrees when community colleges compete

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.

OPINION: Can ‘risk-share’ financial aid models reverse some ‘alarming data’ on student completion rates?

Strayer’s president on ‘skin in the game’ and an incentive program that’s working

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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A bid to show which colleges are worth the money reveals some surprises

Latest “gainful-employment” data show problems are not limited to for-profit schools

For-profit colleges stay quietly on offense

Money to Congress and for lobbying continues to flow

Under pressure, groups that assess colleges promise to take a closer look at graduation rates

Accreditation organizations will also examine loan default rates