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For-Profit College Recruiters Caught Lying on ABC News

Posted in Economy, Higher Education, Media Appearances, Student Debt, Student Loans with tags , , , , , , on November 20, 2010 by debtprisoner

Though their policies are under fire, for-profit college leaders aren’t hurting for cash. Bloomberg reported this week that for-profit college executives earned $2 billion running the schools. Strayer Education Inc. CEO Robert Silberman earned $41.9 million last year — 26 times more than the highest-paid non-profit university president. Seventy-five percent of Strayer’s revenue comes from taxpayers.



VIDEO: U.S. Students Drowning In College Debt

Posted in Activism, Economy, Higher Education, Media Appearances, Sallie Mae, Student Debt, Student Loan Default, Student Loans with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2010 by debtprisoner

Starting Life With Student Loan Debt

Posted in Economy, Media Appearances, Student Debt, Student Loan Default, Student Loans with tags , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by debtprisoner

Chiropractors Defaulted on Student Loans “In Droves”

Posted in Chiropractic College Debt, Economy, Higher Education, Student Debt, Student Loan Default, Student Loans with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2010 by debtprisoner

The  chiropractic industry counted a win after it successfully lobbied for  inclusion in a federal student loan program for those studying  health-related professions. Decades later, though, significant numbers  of chiropractors have defaulted on their loans, leaving Uncle Sam to  make up the difference.

Fifty-three percent of  healthcare providers barred from receiving Medicare and Medicaid  reimbursements from patients because they defaulted on Health Education  Assistance Loans (HEAL) are chiropractors, according to an analysis of  the Department of Health and Human Services’ exclusion list.

The data shows people well into middle age–even in their 60s–saddled with debt, sometimes as much as $500,000, from the four years of graduate chiropractic school.

Link (via Sunshine Foundation Reporting Group)

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Don’t become a chiropractor unless you like STUDENT LOAN DEBT you can’t repay — and lots and lots of it. You have been warned.

The Homeless At College

Posted in Economy, Higher Education, Student Debt, Student Loans with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2010 by debtprisoner

Article in Businessweek about recruiting the homeless to sign up for student loan debt:

Rollins’ experience is increasingly common. The boom in for-profit education, driven by a political consensus that all Americans need more than a high school diploma, has intensified efforts to recruit the homeless. Such disadvantaged students are desirable because they qualify for federal grants and loans, which are largely responsible for the prosperity of for-profit colleges. Federal aid to students at for-profit colleges jumped from $4.6 billion in 2000 to $26.5 billion in 2009. Publicly traded higher education companies derive three-fourths of their revenue from federal funds, with Phoenix at 86%, up from just 48% in 2001 and approaching the 90% limit set by federal law.

Link (to Bloomberg Businessweek)

Americans Now Owe More Student Loans Than Credit Card Debt

Posted in Economy, Higher Education, Student Debt, Student Loans with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2010 by debtprisoner

Americans owe some $826.5 billion in revolving credit, according to June 2010 figures from the Federal Reserve. (Most of revolving credit is credit-card debt.) Student loans outstanding today — both federal and private — total some $829.785 billion, according to Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of and

Link (via Huffington Post)

Forgive Student Loans, Stimulate The Economy

Posted in Economy, Higher Education, Sallie Mae, Student Debt, Student Loan Default, Student Loans with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2009 by debtprisoner

“The National Association of Colleges and Employers says that average starting salaries for the Class of 2002 range from $27,000 for political science majors to $51,000 for computer programmers. Around $35,000 is the national norm.”

“After taxes, that works out to about $2,000 a month–the rent on a tiny apartment in a borderline neighborhood in New York or San Francisco. When a fifth of your paycheck goes to student loans, it’s hard to afford a car, much less purchase a first home. Economists looking for explanations for declining sales of big-ticket items might start here.

“College tuition is free or nominal in most industrialized, and many Third World, countries. The United States’ insistence that students assume huge debts to pay for their college education is unusual enough that the Chinese government included it in its 2001 report of American human rights violations.”

Excerpted from “Student Loans Are For Suckers” by Ted Rall.