Corinthian Colleges debt: Whatever happened to personal responsibility?

To the editor: 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? ("Cancel all Corinthian Colleges student debt," op-ed, June 23)

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 for-profit 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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