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other four cases, the private nonprofit college was more expensive than the for-profit college.

We found that tuition for certificates at for-profit colleges were often significantly more expensive than at a nearby public college. For example, our undercover applicant would have paid $13,945 for a certificate in computer aided drafting program—a certification for a 7-month program obtained by those interested in computer-aided drafting, architecture, and engineering—at the for-profit college we visited. To obtain a certificate in computed-aided drafting at a nearby public college would have cost a student $520. However, for two of the five colleges we visited with certificate programs, we could not locate a private nonprofit college within a 250 mile radius and another one of them would not disclose its tuition rate to us. We were able to determine that in Illinois, a student would spend $11,995 on a medical assisting certificate at a for-profit college, $9,307 on the same certificate at the closest private nonprofit college, and $3,990 at the closest public college. We were also able to determine that in Pennsylvania, a student would spend $21,250 on a certificate in Web page design at a for-profit college, $4,750 on the same certificate at the closest private nonprofit college, and $2,037 at the closest public college.

We also found that for the five associate’s degrees we were interested in, tuition at a for-profit college was significantly more than tuition at the closest public college. On average, for the five colleges we visited, it cost between 6 and 13 times more to attend the for-profit college to obtain an associate’s degree than a public college. For example, in Texas, our undercover applicant was interested in an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy which would have cost $38,995 in tuition at the for-profit college and $2,952 at the closest public college. For three of the associate’s degrees we were interested in, there was not private nonprofit college located within 250 miles of the for-profit we visited. We found that in Florida the associate’s degree in Criminal Justice that would have cost a student $4,448 at a public college, would have cost the student $26,936 at a for-profit college or $27,600 at a private nonprofit college—roughly the same amount. In Texas, the associate’s degree in Business Administration would have cost a student $2,870 at a public college, $32,665 at the for- profit college we visited, and $28,830 at the closest private nonprofit college.

We found that with respect to the bachelor’s degrees we were interested in, four out of five times, the degree was more expensive to obtain at the for-profit college than the public college. For example in Washington, D.C.,

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