Orquidea Mejia, a student who transferred from Devry Inc. to LaGuardia Community College, sits in an empty classroom at LaGuardia in the Queens borough of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. Mejia, 20, could have avoided $14,000 in loan debt from DeVry, a for-profit college, and paid her class and book bills with a federal Pell grant if she had directly attended LaGuardia. For-profit colleges are gaining students over community colleges as they compete to educate low-income students, even though private schools charge as much as ten times for the same degree and their students are eight times more likely to be in debt. Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images