California community colleges lose students to more expensive for-profit colleges

By Thomas Peele

Black, Native American and Pacific Islander students enrolling at alarming rates

California’s community colleges face a reckoning over losing vulnerable students to more expensive for-profit colleges, where they often incur a disastrous amount of debt but exit with no degree.

Designed to be affordable and local, community colleges are being outmaneuvered in marketing by the state’s for-profit college industry, which despite its troubled past, spends heavily on television advertising to lure students, experts said.

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