Executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, FAIL STATE investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling decades of policy decisions in Washington DC that have given rise to a powerful and highly-predatory for-profit college industry. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, the film lays bare how for-profit colleges exploited millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them with worthless degrees and drowning in student loan debt. Director Alexander Shebanow traces the rise, fall, and resurgence of the for-profit college industry, uncovering their Wall Street backing and incestuous relationship with the regulators and lawmakers charged with overseeing them.

  • Oct 19, 2018
  • Documentary

Cast & Crew



  • ADAM BOLTProducer

  • JULIA GLAUSIProducer

  • ALAN OXMANProducer


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