Some universities and colleges promise career-oriented programs and falsely ensure students they’ll get a job once they graduate. The students that are tricked into these programs are the ones most reliant on student loans and financial aid, so once they graduate and realize the job they were promised isn’t there, they’re stuck with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
However, states do have the ability to crack down on schools offering empty promises—but are they actually doing anything?
States are “responsible for approving schools and prohibiting deceptive business practices in their area,” Robyn Smith, an attorney that works with the National Consumer Law Center, told the Washington Post.
According to the Washington Post, the National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit that specializes in consumer law and policy, said states should make sure accredited and unaccredited schools aren’t using “deceptive practices” to encourage students to enroll and should require schools “to meet minimum graduation rates and place a set number of students in jobs.”
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