WBUR PUBLIC RADIO: For-Profit Colleges Face Big Questions, Regulations, Lawsuits In Mass

Career College Central Summary:

  • Right now in Massachusetts, for-profit colleges are facing big questions, new regulations and lawsuits. The state attorney general is investigating about 12 of them — amid charges of low graduation rates and deceptive sales tactics that leave too many students mired in debt.
  • Consider the case of Mike DiGiacomo. He’s an Army veteran who lives in Randolph who wanted to get a degree in animation and learn how to design video games.
  • He enrolled at two for-profit schools. First, Gibbs College in Boston, and then the New England Institute of Art, where he hoped to get a bachelor’s degree.
  • DiGiacomo says the schools made him a series of promises: including they that they could land him a paid internship and contacts with the video game industry. That didn’t happen.
  • Instead, DiGiacomo ended up with just an associates degree, no job and a whole lot of debt — about $90,000.
  • We reached out to the The New England Institute of Art to talk to them about Mike DiGiacomo’s story, but the school declined to comment.

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