For Profit Schools (Edison)

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What is a For Profit School?

A for profit school is privately owned. It is based on making a profit and tax money. They became very popular in 1992. Today around 12% of all higher education schools are for profit.


1. Flexible Scheduling

For-profit institutions tend to have far more night, weekend, and online courses

2. Large Non-traditional Student Population

the majority of students are non-traditional, meaning that they’re adults who have been working and have decided to return to school.

3. Easy Admission

normally don’t have a long, drawn-out admissions process. Their goal is to get as many students into the program as they can. As long as you meet some basic requirements, getting in shouldn’t be a challenge..

4. Faster Graduation

For-profit universities tend to have shorter semesters, and they don’t usually break for summer. That means their students often get their diploma or certification much more quickly.


1. Mostly Online

Most for-profit institutions are heavily focused on online courses. That’s how they’re able to be so flexible with scheduling and course loads.

2. Reputations are Shakier

While for-profit universities have gained credibility in many different industries, there are still fields of work where they are not considered acceptable.

3. Expense

Some will cost you just as much as a private university.

4. Less Support for Students

A traditional university often has medical offices, housing, dining, mental health services, social programming and tutoring services available on-campus. For-profit universities typically do not offer these services.

5. Research Required

There are reputable for-profit colleges to choose from. Unfortunately, there are also quite a few disreputable ones as well.