Alumni split on value of degrees from for-profit colleges

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

They are largely satisfied with their day-to-day learning experience, but some students who attended for-profit colleges are struggling to answer a key question in higher education: Is it all worth it?

A new study by the research group Public Agenda concludes that 32 percent of alumni of for-profit schools said their investment “really wasn't worth it,” with 30 percent saying it “remains to be seen” whether their degree would be worth the cost and effort. Thirty-seven percent of alumni said the experience was “well worth it.”

Count Tampa student Niulca Tavarez among the latter group.

She's studying clinical mental health counseling at Argosy University in Tampa and says she's “100 percent convinced” her education will pay off in the future. “If not, I wouldn't keep coming here,” Tavarez said.