New Law May Cause For-Profit Colleges to Collapse

The House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion relief bill a few days ago, and the legislation is now before the Senate. House Democrats inserted a provision that would modify an obscure statute that requires for-profit colleges to obtain at least 10 percent of their revenues from non-federal student aid. The purpose of the 90/10 … Read more

What Happens When Your Liberal Arts Degree Doesn’t Pay Off?

Late last year, the University of Vermont announced it will shut down two dozen academic programs with low enrollment. Geology, religion, and Asian studies are on the chopping block, along with several language programs–Greek, Latin, and German. At least three departments will close Religion, Classics, and Geology. Some minors are being eliminated–Theatre and Vermont Studies. … Read more

How to Afford to Go Back to School as an Adult

Adults are going back to school for lots of different reasons these days, including career changes, keeping up with developments in their field, learning new skills, and personal enrichment. At many colleges, students may be senior executives, retirees, or working moms. Going back to school when you’re older, whether it’s to get an advanced degree, … Read more

College Students Sue Their Universities for Tuition Refunds After Schools Went to Online Instruction Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Richard Fossey & Todd A. DeMitchell As Inside Higher Education reported last spring, college students in several states sued their universities for tuition refunds after the schools switched from face-to-face instruction to an online format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of cases have been filed all over the United States against both … Read more

Colleges of Education–Higher Education’s Cash Cows–are Suffering from Malnutrition

Colleges of Education have been higher education’s cash cows for more than half a century, but the cash cows have gotten sick. Fifty years ago, the education schools were packed with undergraduates–mostly young women–working on their bachelor’s degrees in elementary education. Many of them wanted to spend their careers teaching children, and others chose to … Read more

I Got Screwed at Argosy University and Now Not Happy With South University

Question: Dear Steve, My enrollment for college stemmed from filling out online job applications for numerous attempts to gaining employment. I was bombarded by college recruiters and eventually signed up with Argosy University online. I was still attending Argosy at the time they closed and then was talked into transferring to South University online as … Read more

Low-Income Students Can’t Afford to Work Their Way Through College Anymore

Low-income students can’t work their way through college anymore. That’s the conclusion drawn by the Education Trust in a recently released report authored by Andrew Nichols, Marshall Anthony, Jr., and Oliver Schak. “Students from low-income backgrounds should be able to attend college without shouldering a debt burden or having to work so many hours that … Read more

University of Phoenix to Pay Record Fine for Deceptive Advertising

The University of Phoenix (UOP) and its parent company, Apollo Education Group, will settle for a record $191 million to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that they used deceptive advertisements that falsely touted their relationships and job opportunities with companies such as AT&T, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Twitter, and The American Red Cross. Under the settlement unanimously … Read more

Do I Still Need to Pay Tuition if I Was Suspended From School?

Question: Dear Steve, I was suspended from school but still need to pay tuition. Spring 2019 was my set date to graduate, unfortunately, in Fall of 2018 I left on a study abroad trip with my class and was involved in something something along the lines as I was at the wrong place at the … Read more

Student Charged $3,800 for College Textbook

Like blind hogs rooting for acorns, America’s universities and their associated vendors constantly seek ways to snuffle out cash from hapless college students. Here’s a fine example of what I’m talking about. Amazon charged Amelia San Filippo, a sophomore at the University of Delaware, a $3,800 fee for failing to return a rented textbook on … Read more

How Can I Break My Brooklyn College Transcript Out of Jail?

Question: Dear Steve, I have 110 credits at Brooklyn College but can’t get my transcripts released due to owing 10,000 (due to health problems!). They sent it to a collection agency, so I can’t even do a payment plan. What do you advise? Should I fight the actual debt and pay a lawyer, would filing … Read more

Can I File Bankruptcy and Get My Transcript for My University?

Question: Dear Steve, I owe university, need my official transcripts to apply for a professional license. University has sent the debt to collection agency. After my bankruptcy is filed/discharged will the school have to release my official transcript and actual diploma? Pamela Answer: Dear Pamela, If the debt is owed to the school directly, then … Read more