In 2013, Morgan Marler decided she wanted a career in computers.
At the time, the now-29-year-old was living in Arlington and looking for a job that would pay well and give her a purpose.
She enrolled in ITT Technical Institute, one of the nation’s largest for-profit schools. It had been in business for 50 years and had eight campuses in Texas, a fact that reassured Marler. Counselors told her she could expect to make $60,000 with a degree in network system administration.
But almost a month after she graduated with honors, Marler received some shattering news: ITT Tech had been shut down by the U.S. Department of Education for questionable business practices. Because Marler already graduated, she didn’t qualify for the automatic loan relief given to students whose schools closed while they were still enrolled.