College Kids Sold Out By Their Own Schools. . .

10 07 2008

to the credit card monster. Over and over and it never stops, even when they become alumni donor prospects. It will follow them forever.

It’s a sad story y’all. Seems there’s no ivy-covered campus any more, where kids can grow into real-world lives under the nurturing educator eye of their protective professors and administrators. Nope, in loco parentis is long gone, and now kids and their private education information are valuable commodities to be reeled in, signed up, sold out and shackled to eternal debt service.

And worst of all, it’s right here in my own backyard (among other colleges and universities in Florida and across the country, of course.)  Thank goodness my own alma mater isn’t implicated (yet?) but several Florida universities are in bed with the Bank of America to feed the kids to the monster on unfavorable terms — unfavorable to the kids, I mean, favorable to Big Business and Big Education!  Oops, sorry, was that redundant?

I doubt we’ve heard the last of this, considering that Congress is taking testimony on how college kids are aggressively screwed by Big Business and Education with student loan debt, too, supposedly to “help” them get that gosh-darned higher education that will secure their future earning power, doncha know.

Well, it better. Because they’re gonna need it. They’ll be up to their eyeballs in debt before they ever get off campus, and probably never know who sold them out in the first place!

Btw, in the interest of full disclosure (because I learned integrity at home, not at school?) the crusader who independently investigated this story and will be following up with more, shares a name with me and has helped homeschool our kids. Including Favorite Daughter the college student headed for this local university, who had BETTER NOT be getting her private info sold to the credit card monster in the name of her educational best interests.

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