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Government Finds Fraud and Deception in Marketing of For-Profit Colleges

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The Government accounting office has just released their report “Undercover Testing Finds Colleges Encouraged Fraud and Engaged in Deceptive and Questionable Marketing Practices.” The report found: Undercover tests at 15 for-profit colleges found that 4 colleges encouraged fraudulent practices and that all 15 made deceptive or otherwise questionable statements to GAO’s undercover applicants. Four undercover applicants were encouraged by college ... Read More »

Bogus ‘Obama Mom’ Grants Lure Students

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by Sharona Coutts ProPublica, July 23, 10:34 a.m. July 26: This story has been corrected. Listen to Marketplace’s version of this story. After being laid off from her job as a high school teacher in Dayton, Ohio, Nicole Massey decided to go back to college. For months, she scoured the Web for ways to fund her tuition, while supporting her ... Read More »

How to Be Financially Successful When You Graduate

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through the starving student years and now you’re ready to start a job and earn some real money. You’re probably thinking about all the things you’ll be able to buy, places you’ll go and things you’ll be able to do when those paychecks start rolling in. Not so fast. If you’re like all the people who ... Read More »

Drowning in Student Loans?

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If you can’t make payments on your student loans, don’t panic. Don’t just give up and invite default, either. Default means that your credit will be damaged and your loan balance will increase dramatically with the addition of collection fees. And once you default, the holder of your loan will probably grab a portion of your paycheck and nab any ... Read More »

Student Loan Debt: The Next Subprime Bubble to Burst?

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I just finished watching the Frontline PBS show College, Inc. about for-profit education and the resulting student loan debt. It was estimated that students in for-profit colleges will graduate with double the amount of student loan debt as compared to a traditional university. The default rate was alarming as well. For-profit colleges account for 10% of students but 44% of ... Read More »

3.3 Million Student Loan Borrowers May Now Be At Risk of Identity Theft

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This massive student loan identity theft attack was reported by the Wall Street Journal. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Company and federal officials said they believed last week’s theft of identity data on 3.3 million people with student loans was the largest-ever breach of such information and could affect as many as 5% of all federal ... Read More »

FAFSA Student Loan Scam to Avoid

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This just out of Tennessee: The state deadline for college financial aid is quickly approaching, and state officials are asking parents and students to beware of official-looking letters promising student financial aid information for a fee. Attorney General Bob Cooper and Division of Consumer Affairs Director Mary Clement are urging Tennesseans to be wary of potential financial scams designed to ... Read More »

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