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The Obstacles To Higher Education Success For Black Californians

The Student Borrower Protection Center, a watchdog group, says one lender seems to charge higher rates to graduates of historically black colleges.

A recent report from the Campaign for College Opportunity finds Black Californians lagging behind the general population in access to higher education and opportunity within it.

Not only that, the report finds Black students being steered to attend for-profit colleges at a higher rate than white students. And the outcomes are not great; for-profit college attendees are less likely to graduate and more likely to shoulder a large debt burden.

Edward Bush keeps an eye on the situation as co-founder and vice president of the African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND, prounounced "amend"). Dr. Bush talks about the facts and how his organization and others are trying to change them.

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