Everest College Manipulative and False Statements

The Massachusetts Attorney General is yet another government body to open a lawsuit against Everest College and its parent company Corinthian Colleges Inc. The college has been subjected to multiple investigations, all of which allege that the school used fraudulent actions and misrepresentation to rip off its students and taxpayers in its scam school. Other parties who have launched investigations include the Securities and Exchange Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Education, and at least a dozen other states’ Attorney General Offices.

The Massachusetts lawsuit claims that Everest College would aggressively contact anyone who even looked in their direction and call them repeatedly to the point of harassment. Many claim they were called multiple times per day at any time of the day or night regardless of whether they had any interest in enrolling. Many enrolled to escape the harassing phone calls or were bombarded with well-created lies until they seemed to be the truth.

Everest College was enrolling students based on the fact that they had a pulse and not based on their ability to learn from its programs or even work in the field of study after graduation. Students were asked to sign multiple documents in English even if they couldn’t read or speak the language. They were unknowingly signed up for English-only programs, signed loan agreements, and had no hope of learning from the programs.

Students with criminal records were signed up in health programs even though Everest knew full well that they could never legally work in those fields due to hospital and clinic policies which forbid their hiring. If such students directly asked Everest whether they could work in these fields with a criminal record, they were blatantly lied to and told it was fine. Students were admitted to programs without a GED or high school diploma into fields which specifically require the completion of high school or its equivalency.

Advertising by Everest used manipulative and false statements in order to get students to enroll and would tell students if they didn’t sign the papers to take the seat on the spot they would be forced to wait a year due to limited enrollment in their programs. This was a full out lie as the school had no real space limitations and started new classes every single month.

Accreditation claims were also false and Everest advertised that its school credits were accepted by every accredited school. In reality, no one accepted their credits due to the school’s poor reputation and substandard education. It also lied about externships which were required by the programs for graduation and the externships were rarely available.

Job placement numbers were pulled from the sky! Everest routinely claimed in its sessions that it had 100% job placement for its programs, advertised 72% placement, but only had 23% job placement success. Numbers were falsified through putting students in temp jobs and counting them as successful permanent placements. Salary rates were also magnified magically to several dollars more per hour than anyone entering the fields could hope to earn in their position or state.

All of this deception cost former Everest students and taxpayers an incredible $19,000 in tuition per year per student plus fees and book costs. In the end, these students were unemployable in their fields and were forced to work minimum wage jobs, most of them defaulting on their loans.

If you feel you were defrauded by the school you attended or you are being treated poorly as a distressed borrower by your creditors, contact StudentLoanFAQ’s and speak to one of our advisors about student loan forgiveness. You may qualify to consolidate or even wipe out your remaining student loans if you attended Everest college.

The Real ITT Tech is Facing a Multitude of Lawsuits

ITT Technical Institute has built an entire business out of its claims that it is there to “change people’s lives.”  As a matter of fact, this for-profit college can honestly say that that’s what it’s doing, just not in the way that most of their students ever would have guessed.  ITT is now facing a wave of lawsuits from past students who claim that they were grossly misled by the school’s representatives into believing that they would receive a degree that could land them the job of their dreams.  What they landed instead was an incredible amount of student loan debt and an education that is considered a laughingstock by many in their industry.

Very few students who attend ITT Tech are aware that the credits they accumulate at the university are not transferable to any other school, which means that once they are enrolled, they are effectively forced to complete their degree at ITT Tech. Students tell stories of being removed from class at the beginning of every semester in order to meet with a financial aid officer.  They are presented with loan documents and told in no uncertain terms that if they don’t sign, they won’t be allowed to return to class.  This amounts to extortion, but since most of this school’s students are desperate to get their degree, the school has faced little resistance to this strong-arm tactic over the years.

Both former and current employees of the school claim that the administration’s goal is far from the mission statement that is printed in recruitment brochures.  The main goal appears to be to get as many unsuspecting people to enroll as possible, secure in the knowledge that once they’re in, they’ll have little choice but to continue until they graduate.  Otherwise, they will be left with high student loan debt and no degree to show for it.  Little do they know that a degree from ITT Tech is not generally viewed as something to be desired by those in the technical industry.

Labeled a “degree-mill” by many former students, ITT has shown no signs of changing its ways, in spite of the legal action that has been taken against it over the past few years.  Fortunately, it looks as if the clock is running out on a lot of for-profit colleges, which means that ITT Tech could very well be down to the last group of victims that it can fleece.

If you feel you were defrauded by the school you attended or you are being treated poorly as a distressed borrower by your creditors, contact StudentLoanFAQ’s and speak to one of our advisors about student loan forgiveness. You may qualify to consolidate or even wipe out your remaining student loans if you attended ITT Tech.

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Argosy University Involved in Recent Lawsuit

A 2009 lawsuit filed in Dallas was settled in December 2013 between former students and Argosy’s parent company, EDMC. The lawsuit was launched due to complaints that students enrolled in doctorate programs were led to believe the school was accredited by the American Psychological Association for its 2 doctorate psychology programs. After enrollment, students were later told Argosy University hadn’t received accreditation yet but was working on it. At the time of the lawsuit, the school still had not applied to be granted APA approval. Parent company, EDMC, indicated that many Texas jurisdictions didn’t require any accreditation status for a licence to practice and stated it was not guilty of fraud. The settlement of $3.3 million was reached but this meant the Argosy University lawsuit did not force the school to admit liability

The 2010 Government Accountability report listed Argosy University along with 14 additional schools. Undercover applicants had been sent to the university and it was discovered that students were being told misleading and untrue statements regarding its accreditation status in order to get them enrolled. The school later appeared on Frontline, a PBS program under College Inc. exposing the disreputable and questionable practices of the school. The Florida Attorney general was also forced to investigate after it received eight complaints from consumers.
Attorney General, John Suthers, stated that the complaints filed complained that the school was marketing two PhD programs, one for a doctorate in clinical psychology, the other for a doctorate of education in counseling psychology. Students were led to believe they could work as licensed psychologists in their field even though the state of Colorado requires all psychologists to graduate from an APA-accredited program. The other program would never have qualified anyway as it was automatically excluded due to the fact that it was only taught on weekends, against APA requirements.

In June 2010, students were lied to and informed that the program wouldn’t be meeting the state requirements as the rules had recently changed. The rules were the same as they had been and this was just an attempt to pacify. Argosy then required its students to sign a document which stated they were in the program with full knowledge that there was no guarantee they would ever be able to receive a license to practice.

The settlement resulted in Argosy reimbursing 66 students for their tuition costs and was reached in a Denver District Court in December of 2013 and reiterated that Argosy University takes its students as its top priority. Although the students in the lawsuit may have received a portion of the settlement, they must return to school under an APA accredited program should they ever wish to work as licensed individuals in their field of study.

By the time the lawsuit was settled, no student who had taken part in the program was working as a licensed psychologist in Colorado or any other state. The school was also instructed to cease enrolling students in its program and to remove them. A year and a half later, Argosy still has the two programs listed on their website and has still not been APA accredited.

If you feel you were defrauded by the school you attended or you are being treated poorly as a distressed borrower by your creditors, contact StudentLoanFAQ’s and speak to one of our advisors about student loan forgiveness. You may qualify to consolidate or even wipe out your remaining student loans if you attended Argosy University.