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I think the real problem with for-profit colleges lies in the enrollment process. I attended what was once known as Western Business College in my twenties and found a great disconnect between the admissions office and the school.
I met with an admissions officer to simply get information on the school, but was pressured into signing up with phrases like "what are you afraid of?" and "don't you deserve more?"
Within 2 hours of my "informational meeting" I had enrolled in classes and signed away for several thousand dollars in loans (which I am still paying off 10 years later). Years later, when I attended a 4 year university, the experience was completely different. The enrollment process was slow and methodical. The financial aid process was complicated and required a lot more paperwork on my part.
In retrospect, I was given very little time to consider the commitment I was making both in terms of my finances and my education. And most frustratingly, I was never informed that my credits would not be transferable.
In my experience, for-profit colleges are the used car salesman of education system. They will absolutely sell you a lemon if you are not careful.
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