"California’s attorney general this week began presenting evidence in his office’s long-awaited fraud trial against for-profit Ashford University. In the case, filed in 2017, the state alleges that Ashford engaged in unfair and fraudulent business practices, with school recruiters fueled by a “boiler room” culture that demanded they meet enrollment quotas. The recruiters, in turn, allegedly told prospective students falsehoods, including that federal financial aid would cover all of their costs and that Ashford programs would prepare students for careers in fields requiring certification, such as teaching and nursing. California also alleges that Ashford’s deceptive practices drove many low-income students deep in debt and that the school used illegal loan collection practices to get former students to pay up. Ashford has denied the charges and called them 'politically-motivated.'"