Review shows scholarships to for-profit colleges

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A newspaper's review has found that Kentucky has paid $97 million for scholarships since 1999 to for-profit colleges, including some that are under investigation.

A review of public records by the Lexington Herald-Leader found that nearly 8 percent of need-based student aid goes to for-profit colleges. That's double the national average, according to the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs, which found that only four states give more.

Among for-profit schools in Kentucky to receive state aid was Decker College in Louisville, which closed after declaring bankruptcy in 2005 amid allegations of fraud and inadequate accreditation.

Some state lawmakers say the issue of which schools get state aid should be discussed in the next General Assembly which begins in January.

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