Durbin calls for more regulations of for-profit colleges

April 29, 2011

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Some federal officials in Illinois are renewing calls for stricter regulations of for-profit colleges. For-profit colleges like Everest advertise heavily on TV.

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Schools like Everest College are causing U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, to repeatedly call for more regulations. At a hearing in downtown Chicago Thursday, Durbin told reporters he thought many for-profit schools like Everest don't have proper accreditation and waste students' time and money.

"We know that many of them are failing miserably when it comes to providing a good education and they are trapping these young people in a debt they will never, ever be able to repay," Durbin said.

He said the federal government should cut funding to those schools.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the parent company of Everest College defends its accreditation and says further government regulations would hurt low income students.