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Minnesota AG investigating for-profit colleges

by Dan Burns on February 20, 2013 · 1 comment

Lori Swanson is a pretty darn good attorney general. It would be great if there were more like her, including at the federal level. Not so terrified of rubbing rich people the wrong way, you know.

 

Minnesota’s attorney general is investigating aggressive recruiting by for-profit colleges of military veterans, who have access to lucrative GI Bill benefits.

 

AG Lori Swanson alleges that the colleges‘ ad campaigns can be manipulative and misleading, leaving many veterans with big federal loans they are unable to repay, the Star Tribune reports. She also alleges that the schools are deceptive about graduation and placement rates, and that recruiters who never were in the military would wear a uniform when closing a sale on a veteran.

 

“It’s a sales-oriented mentality — sign the students up, bring them in the door, maximize the profits regardless of the student’s best interest,” she said.

 

I was unable to find any public comment on this by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), who is widely regarded as the best buddy of for-profits – the shadier the better – in the U.S. Congress.

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