Did you know that scammers have collected over 95 million dollars in illegal fees from student loan debt relief scams? To avoid starring in the "game of loans" read the Federal Trade Commission's warnings on how not to be scammed.
As noted in the Tampa Bay Times NIE Video of the Week (embedded below) most of the students are cheated by for-profit predatory colleges, many of which are not accredited. Before you make a decision to attend higher education, conduct research on the institution, especially if it is a for-profit school. After watching the video and reading the information at the links, have students discuss strategies for making sure they make wise decisions about choosing reputable institutions of higher education and don't become victims of fraud.
SS.8.FL.1.2 Identify the many decisions people must make over a lifetime about their education, jobs, and careers that affect their incomes and job opportunities.
SS.912.FL.1.2 Explain that people vary in their willingness to obtain more education or training because these decisions involve incurring immediate costs to obtain possible future benefits. Describe how discounting the future benefits of education and training may lead some people to pass up potentially high rates of return that more education and training may offer.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.