How For-Profit Schools Exploit Students: A Visual Primer

Susie Cagle makes some jaw-dropping, hard to digest numbers simple.

By Julianne Hing Apr 07, 2011

When it comes to for-profit schools and the astonishing levels of student exploitation taking place in the name of corporate profits, it’s hard to argue with the numbers.

It’s also one of the areas of education that suffers from a surfeit of jaw-dropping statistics that can be difficult to digest: like the fact that 90 percent of for-profit school students depend on aid, loans and grants to pay for school and 40 percent eventually default on their loans once they leave school.

Or the fact that a federal investigation found that for-profit schools engage in fraud and deceptive practices to get students to enroll in order to cash in on low-income students’ Pell Grants and federal aid–and that schools are allowed to get 90 percent of their revenue from their students’ federal aid, regardless of whether students graduate or are able to find jobs with the degrees they get. Enraging, and overwhelming.

So we loved this comic-infographic from Campus Progress by cartoonist Susie Cagle that lays out the basics, and with friendly faces and important narratives, too. Check out the rest at Campus Progress.