AG campaign warns of school marketing tactics

A new state government campaign is warning consumers about deceptive marketing practices that some for-profit schools use to attract students.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says for-profit schools often market subpar programs to veterans and low-income student who depend on federal loans to attend.

A new webpage at has information aimed at educating students about for-profit school practices before they enroll.


Coakley says recent studies show for-profit schools together spend billions a year on recruiting and marketing.

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But she says studies also show 47 percent of federal loan money that goes toward for-profit school tuition will end up in default.

Coakley’s office says the consumer initiative also includes free training sessions across Massachusetts.