NOLA.COM: Student debt protesters crash French Quarter parade

Career College Central Summary:

  • When Jessica King enrolled in a nine-month nursing assistant program at Everest College, she was told she would receive grants and scholarships to cover the cost of enrollment.
  • Months after graduating with honors in 2008, however, King discovered she owed more than $32,000 in student loans. Promises of guaranteed job placement proved false as well, she said.
  • "They targeted me because I was a low-income, single mother, and then left me with a worthless degree," she said.
  • King, 32, was one of around two-dozen protesters who traveled to New Orleans to take part in a protest Monday (July 20) during the annual conference of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, which is meeting at the Hyatt Regency this week.

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