Education Desk: Durbin Decries For-Profit Colleges

Oct 17, 2016
Originally published on October 17, 2016 1:20 pm

Illinois U-S Senator Dick Durbin is pleading with school administrators to help prevent for-profit colleges from recruiting their students. His comments today came during a statewide meeting of school principals. 

Citing studies that show the average graduate of a for-profit college makes less than a high school drop-out, Durbin says he’s sometimes questioned by students about why the federal government awards Pell grants for them to attend bad schools.

  “How do I end up with a federal student loan to go to that school? Why do you even approve these schools if they’re so bad?" Durbin quoted the students as saying. "And they’re right on. Spot on. We need to do a better job in accrediting these schools. We need to do a better job in making sure they’re keeping their promise and they’re worth the debt these students are incurring.” 

Durbin has shared the same warning for three years, in what’s become an annual letter to high school principals.



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