Don’t Let Federal Grants Be Used to Advertise For-Profit Colleges

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Target: United States Congress

Goal: Restrict federal funding of for-profit colleges

Recently, a bill was introduced to Congress that would restrict federal funding of for-profit colleges. These colleges often do not provide a good education to their students, but instead focus on creating more profit. The schools charge more than nonprofit and public schools, which leaves students in much more debt. These schools use federal funding for advertising instead of helping the students or the school.

For-profit colleges are not designed to give students a good education. Instead, they are designed to maximize profits for shareholders. This means that students are often not given the education for which they paid. Many students drop out of these schools. In 2010, over 50% of students enrolled in for-profit schools withdrew from the school before achieving a degree, and still have more debt to repay than students of nonprofit schools. Meanwhile, the schools are making millions of dollars in profit for the CEOs. These schools treat education as a business, and the students suffer because of it.

For-profit colleges receive much of their revenue from taxpayer-funded federal grants. However, nearly a quarter of the revenue is used for aggressive advertising campaigns. These federal grants are intended to help students in the country succeed, but instead are being used to maximize profits for shareholders of these colleges. In a letter from many state attorney generals to Congress, the attorney generals said, ‘Federal taxpayers should not be asked to foot the bill for aggressive recruiting and deceptive sales tactics of colleges that have placed profits ahead of ensuring student success.’ Congress must realize that for-profit colleges do not use federal grants for their intended purpose and should be restricted from receiving them.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

Recently, a bill was introduced to you that would restrict federal funding to for-profit colleges. These colleges focus on profits at the expense of the education provided. Many students at these colleges end up dropping out with a high amount of debt. They pay a very high tuition and do not receive a quality education for it. Meanwhile, the schools are maximizing their profits by using money from federal funding to create aggressive advertising campaigns.

I ask you to support this bill and restrict federal funding to for-profit colleges. These colleges treat education as a business instead of a vital part of their students’ lives. Taxpayer money is going directly to advertising for these businesses. Restrict this funding and allow the money to go to students for their education.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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