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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley along with two other cosponsors has introduced a bill, which would target for-profit colleges who advertise job training but do not offer the needed certifications or training for graduates to find employment after graduation.

 

The "Protecting Students From Worthless Degrees Act" would limit the availability of funding to schools which according to Merkley, take advantage of students and tax payers, "these programs end up with folks just attending for weeks or months because a lot of them, you know once they are in the program they have already paid their tuition often for a year and they have already lost a years worth of financial support but they quickly find out the program is basically a scam and so they drop out, which you can understand but they still are on the hook for that whole years worth of payments."

 

Non-accredited schools are currently eligible for a wide range of grants and loans.

 

Merkley hopes this bill will help protect students from wasting time and money, and help protect the state from making bad investments in useless degrees.

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