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Inside the scandal-ridden for-profit education industry, which churns out quick degrees and loads student-loan borrowers up with debt

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The for-profit education industry has been under scrutiny for decades over alleged bad behavior.

Given the focus on profits, the schools often mislead students into taking on debt they cannot afford.

Lawmakers have been cracking down on the industry, but many students are continuing to struggle.

This article is part of The Cost of Inequity , a series examining the systemic issues that disproportionately impact marginalized and disenfranchised groups.

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Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy .Christina, 40, served her country and then went to a for-profit school thinking she would get a free education. Instead, she got stuck with a $40,000 student-debt load and a degree she regrets pursuing. (She requested her last name be withheld for privacy reasons).After serving in the Navy from 2001-2005, Christina earned her Associate’s degree from community college using the benefits from her GI bill, which covered her tuition costs. She still wanted to gain a Bachelor’s degree, […]

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