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Lack of Transparency Costs Students

This New York Times video highlights how students were told false information and are still paying the cost.

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In this video hear directly from students what happened when they tried to attend and complete a health fields program. They were led to believe this program was equivalent with other, longer, more expensive programs, but when they went to enter the workforce they found this was not the case. This mismatch between what they were promised and what the received results in hefty debt and a delay in finding a stable job to support themselves and their families. 

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This video exemplifies the information inequity between schools and students. These students were optimistic about the chance to transform their futures and enter the medical field, but they were not told the whole story by the institution and ultimately when the institution struggled, the students were the victims. What can we do to help protect other students and hold schools accountable?


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Great share Lillian! A recurring theme in this challenge has been around how difficult it is to understand college financing. Aside from cases of fraud, students often don't realize how the cost of college will impact their lives post-graduation. Your post sparks us to consider how the lack of transparency in the college loan process is affecting students later on in life. Check out Kevin's post on this issue here: Glad to have you onboard this challenge!

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Thanks Shane and thanks for pointing out Kevin's post!

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