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For Profit Colleges: Get the Facts (page 2)

For Profit Colleges: Get the Facts

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Updated on May 10, 2011

How Much Does it Cost?

On its website the private sector colleges' association says most career colleges cost more than public colleges and less than private non-profit schools. To make sure you're getting the best value, research similar programs at other colleges and compare costs. Ask plenty of questions about the quality of their programs as well.

Szarek says the program your child is interested in might be available at a community college for much less. In its investigation, the Government Accountability Office found that while a for-profit school charged students $14,000 for a massage therapy certificate, the program cost just $520 at a nearby community college.

Take Your Time

Expressing interest in a for-profit college means your child will probably get a sales pitch. She has to be willing and able to stand her ground.

One giant red flag, Adkins says, is a high-pressure recruiter who tries to guilt your child into enrolling right away. "Some of these colleges know that people are desperate to improve their job skills," she says. "It's sort of like twisting the knife in their back."

Any school worth your teen's time and money will provide complete, honest information and allow you to take as long as you need to decide, Adkins says

"You're looking for transparency," she says. "You have to take the time to explore all your options and do your research."  

No matter what college road your teen takes, asking the right questions and getting the facts will help you and your teen make the right decision.

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