Consumer Protection Laws Play an Increased Role in Higher Education

Written by: Therese Kattner
Published On: April 8, 2014

The metaphor that college students are consumers paying for the delivery of educational products is not new. As the cost of attendance and student debt increase, however, more students are seeing themselves not as consumers in metaphor, but as true consumers due a full range of legal and financial protections.

Federal and state officials have responded by imposing new requirements about the information that institutions must disclose to the public. State attorneys general have pursued enforcement actions against schools for making allegedly misleading or incomplete public statements. 

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