Cleveland.com: With taxpayer money, for-profit colleges spend massively on marketing; Sherrod Brown wants to ban the practice

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Cleveland.com: With taxpayer money, for-profit colleges spend massively on marketing; Sherrod Brown wants to ban the practice

The practices of for-profit career colleges — and claims that some rip off students and taxpayers — are coming before Congress again, this time with a threat that could cost the colleges money.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to make it impossible for any college to use federal money for marketing, advertising or recruiting — a restriction he says would stop profiteering and recruiting abuses. A two-year Senate education committee investigation in 2012 found that for-profit colleges spent more than 20 percent of their revenues on marketing and recruitment, which was more than many spent on instruction.

Much of that revenue came from federal student-aid programs, and some was supposed to help military veterans.

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