Onus should be on the stu­dents

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Can­cel all Corinthian stu­dent debt,” Opin­ion, June 23

Re­gard­ing the thou­sands of for­mer Corinthian Col­leges stu­dents with thou­sands of dol­lars in debt and worth­less class cred­its, is there no point at which per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity comes into play?

Why do peo­ple at­tend a for- profit col­lege? Is it be­cause these schools do not have the high school GPA re­quire­ments that ac­cred­ited not- for- profit col­leges have? Or per­haps be­cause they give credit for “life ex­pe­ri­ence”? Or be­cause they do not have gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ments so stu­dents only take cour­ses rel­e­vant to their field of study?

It takes one phone call to a state univer­sity ad­mis­sions of­fice to ask if the in­sti­tu­tion would ac­cept course work from the for­profit school in ques­tion.

While I have em­pa­thy for the Corinthian stu­dents, their choices — just as with the choices we all make — in­volve risk. Their choices are not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of oth­ers. Will their next de­mand be that ac­cred­ited in­sti­tu­tions ac­cept their course­work?

For- profit col­leges are about mak­ing money, not ed­u­cat­ing. Cer­tainly the prin­ci­ple of caveat emp­tor ap­plies here.

Diana Hearn Carlsbad

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