Huffington Post - Pell Grants And For-Profit Colleges: Where The Money Goes at how much the University of Phoenix is getting. They are like a defense contractor! These amounts don't count what the students are taking out in federal student loans to go to these schools. Who knows how much is that is! On PBS, Frontline did an episode this year on for-profit colleges and I heard many people say it is very good and . I have it saved on my Netflix. There are a lot of Strayer U campuses around my area and I have worked with people who are getting degrees there. Nice folks, but I get the feeling that they are going to a diploma mill. Plus the tuition is so much than what people here pay to go to state universities like William & Mary and Old Dominion and I am not sure what they are getting for the extra costs. I also noticed that because Strayer makes them purchase their "specialty" textbooks - and they are a lot more then what I pay for my books for ODU. Not that college textbooks are inexpensive, anyway. Thoughts?