State Seeks to Protect Students from Unscrupulous For-Profit Schools (10/4/17)

Letter to the Editor

Boston Globe: State seeks to protect students from unscrupulous for-profit schools

The article “Student borrowers caught in limbo” (Page A1, Oct. 2) shows that students at for-profit schools need protections. Schools deceive or defraud students, recruiting them with false promises or enrolling them in programs for which they are ineligible. With inadequate systems in place to protect students from unscrupulous for-profit schools, students find themselves deep in debt, without a degree, and with no relief available.

Accordingly, State Representative Jennifer Benson, Attorney General Maura Healey, and I filed a bill creating a fund to reimburse students for economic losses suffered from a for-profit school’s discontinuation of an educational program, failure to fulfill contractual obligations, or failure to comply with state or federal law. For-profit schools would support the fund through small annual assessments.

Given the troubling signs coming out of Washington, we must act to create a Student Tuition Recovery Fund. Massachusetts students are counting on us.

State Senator Eileen M. Donoghue