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A coalition of attorneys general from more than 30 states are engaged in a coordinated effort to investigate and crack down on predatory practices within the for-profit school industry.  As reported by the Pew Charitable Trust's news service, leaders in 32 states, working under the leadership of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, are investigating complaints against for-profit colleges and trade schools.  One reason for the effort, according to the report, is the sheer volume of taxpayer dollars going to support the for-profit school industry, which routinely receives as much as 90 percent of its revenue from federal and state student loan programs.  
The Pew report chronicles the experience of an Iraq war veteran, Murray Hastie, who was initially turned down by two colleges upon his return from two tours of duty.  According to Pew, Hastie then came upon DeVry University, a for-profit school that sent a representative to his home the day after he filled out an online information request.  Hastie decided to enroll in a "biomedical informatics" program at a DeVry campus in New Jersey, after being informed that the costs of the program would be covered by GI benefits, according to Pew.   But Hastie's experience thereafter was troubling.  As described in the Pew report:  "Three semesters into the program, Hastie was struggling. He was being taught to write computer code, not preparing to work in a research lab, which is what he had been told he would be doing. Meanwhile, he was increasingly worried about his mounting debt. By the time he decided to cut his losses and move back home, Hastie had racked up more than $90,000 in student loans—with no degree to show for it."
 


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