EDITORIAL: Fighting back against for-profit universities

07.07.2017

EDITORIAL

July 6, 2017

When Stephano Del Rose enrolled in the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, he had bold dreams of a future in Web design and filmmaking. Lured by promises of cutting-edge digital equipment, internships, and industry connections, Del Rose, now 25, quickly signed on. But his enrollment contract instead led to a world of broken promises, heavy debt, and limited legal options. “This turned out to be a lie,” said the Canton man, who graduated from NEIA in 2014. “The equipment was outdated, the career services office wasn’t helpful, and I ended up working at Walgreens, just like I did before graduation.” He owes more than $40,000 in federal loans.

Del Rose and another Massachusetts student, Meaghan Bauer, are suing NEIA and its parent company, Educational Management Corporation, charging that they made deceptive claims about the quality of instruction and job opportunities.

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