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Students Caught in the Middle of For-Profit Debate



by Jessica Mendoza

Kevin Thompson switched on his car radio to the news that ITT Technical Institute was permanently closing its campuses nationwide. The Navy veteran was then 10 months into an 18-month bachelor’s program at the for-profit school’s campus in west Phoenix. The announcement came as a shock.

“I had a class that following Tuesday,” recalls Mr. Thompson, who had been using his benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to cover the institute’s tuition fee of about $17,000 a year. He had hoped that higher education would help him in the transition from military service to civilian life.

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