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Some of the student activists who are urging the U.S. Department of Education to grant more sweeping loan forgiveness for debt incurred at the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges campuses are set to receive $4 million to continue to press their case -- and possibly haul the department into court over the issue. A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved Corinthian’s plan to liquidate its assets, earmarking about $4.3 million for a special fund for former students.The money won’t go to students directly but will instead be used to pursue discharges of billions of dollars of federal student loans.
A number of state and federal agencies are objecting to the broad releases of liability in defunct for-profit college operator Corinthian Colleges Inc.’s chapter 11 liquidation plan ahead of a bankruptcy court hearing Wednesday to consider approval of the proposal.
Many of the nation's largest for-profit college chains have seen enrollments plummet amid investigations into questionable job placement rates and deceptive marketing practices. One crucial source of revenue, however, has remained a constant: military veterans. For-profit colleges have collected $8.2 billion from the latest GI Bill since it went into effect in 2009, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of government data. Those colleges enroll only 8% of all U.S. students but 30% of the 1.4 million veterans who have used the most recent version of the GI Bill.
Steven R. DiSalvo, president of Saint Anselm College, writes: We want to bring prices down by lowering our discount rates to arrive at a more realistic cost structure. But if one college does this by itself, that could hurt, not help, in the marketplace. A lone institution with a reduced price would appear to be out of line with current market conditions, possibly making it appear there was something wrong with the school. (This has been attempted by colleges in the past and it hasn’t worked.)
The Obama administration is planning new regulations that will set clearer standards for discharging the federal student loans of defrauded borrowers and give the U.S. Department of Education new tools to recoup money from colleges where it finds misconduct.
Sixty students were left in the lurch this week when Missouri Tech, a for-profit business in St. Charles, abruptly closed its doors, locking students out in the middle of the term and producing uncertainty over what options they have to continue their education. The school’s sudden closure took many, including the state, by surprise.
A phoenix is a bird that rises from the ashes, but the University of Phoenix is a diploma mill that may soon go down in flames.
On Wednesday, University of Phoenix’s parent company Apollo Education Group announced that the business and marketing practices of the for-profit school are now under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
ed X CEO Anant Agarwal and Arizona State University President Michael Crow write: It shouldn’t matter where you live or where you fall on the socioeconomic ladder. If a student wants to open his or her mind, learn from a respected research university, and show the world they can succeed academically, they ought to have an inclusive program to jumpstart their college career.
The University of Phoenix, which runs an online college popular among military veterans, is under federal investigation for possible deceptive or unfair business practices, its parent company the Apollo Education Group told shareholders Wednesday.
Data released by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics Thursday show that 3,436 for-profit colleges participated in federal financial aid programs in the just-ended academic year, down 2.6 percent, from 3,527 such institutions two years earlier, in the 2012-13 academic year.