April 19th, 2012
Recruitment ads by for-profit colleges targeted
By JUSTIN POPE
Where do for-profit colleges get the money they spend on all those highway billboards and television and radio ads?
Mostly from the government, at least indirectly. Federal money, most of it through the financial aid that students get, accounts for up to 90 percent of for-profit colleges’ revenue — even more in some cases if veterans attend the school on the GI bill.
And while figures vary, some institutions spend a quarter or more of their revenue on recruiting, far more than traditional colleges. In some cases, recruiting expenses approach what these institutions spend on instruction.