Monday’s need-to-know money news

Student-LoansToday’s top story: How to do what your love and still pay off your student loans. Also in the news: What to consider before attending a for-profit college, five crucial personal finance lessons to teach your children, and how to make the most of working with a financial advisor.

How to Do What You Love and Pay Off Your Student Loans
They’re not mutually exclusive.

5 Things to Consider Before Attending a For-Profit College
Reading the fine print.

Teach Your Children These 5 Crucial Personal Finance Lessons
Starting them off on the right foot.

How To Make The Most Of Working With A Financial Advisor
Getting the advice you need.

Regulators sue for-profit college chain

DrowningCorinthian Colleges–which includes the Everest, Heald and WyoTech schools–has just been sued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what regulators call its “predatory lending scheme.”

The CFPB alleges that the for-profit college chain exaggerated students’ job prospects to get them to take out private loans to cover its schools’ high tuition costs. The bureau says Corinthian then used illegal debt collection tactics “to strong-arm students into paying back those loans while still in school.”

The Bureaus wants the courts to halt these practices and grant relief to people who have taken out more than $500 million in private student loans.

As I wrote in my Reuters column “What to do when your college shuts down,” Corinthian is in the process of closing or selling its schools as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. People who have federal student loans have a shot at getting their debt discharged when a school closes, but those with private student loans are often stuck with the debt, even if they get no value from the education.

If you or anyone you know attended a Corinthian school, getting educated about your options is key. (The CFPB posted information for current and former students here.) So is alerting the CFPB if you feel you were deceived about the value of your education or your career prospects. You can file a complaint here.