Collins College Fraud Complaints

Collins College Fraud Complaints

Online discussion boards and Facebook groups have been filled with former Collins College students who indicate that the college was a scam and committed fraud. One Facebook group in particular is focused on gaining enough members to launch a class action suit against Collins in regards to high pressures sales, predatory loan practices, and misrepresentation. Students attending enrollment appointments were often duped into signing financial documents without their knowledge which were really papers for multiple loans. If they asked for time to look at the papers, students were told that if they didn’t accept the seat immediately it would be given to another student and they wouldn’t get into the program.

Students were handed inch-thick piles of paper without time to review its contents and ended up signing for high-interest loans and several of them. Interest rates on some loans ended up being as high as 18%. Tuition fees and other charges meant that students were paying over $18,000 a year for tuition, or $60,000 for their bachelor’s degree. Most ended up on the line for far more as Collins College had the habit of telling students they had outstanding balances not covered by loans that needed to be paid immediately or they would be dismissed from the program. Students questioning these amounts were threatened with dismissal if they didn’t pay up.

Some students claim that they got called into the financial office only to be told that their loan checks had not been received and that their loans were canceled. They would then be asked to pay these amounts. When students finally got in contact with the lenders, they were surprised to find that the school had indeed received their loan checks and had cashed every one of them.

If the financial aspects were fishy enough, students entering computer graphics design programs often found the school computers wouldn’t work. At one point there was one computer for every three students in the classroom and students were told they would have no choice but to purchase a specific laptop and specialized software in order to continue. The price tag: $3500. Students found that photography and film equipment was severely outdated and would fail or fall apart during its use. Students would then be charged “equipment neglect” fees to their accounts even though they had not mistreated the equipment in any way.

Dropout rates at this college were substantial. Classes with 20 students or more would be reduced to only 4 or 5 students come the end of the term. When students left the school due to dissatisfaction with the financial aspects, quality of equipment and tools, or quality of instruction, they often found their ship was sunk…no other school would accept credits from the supposedly accredited school. As for job placement promises, many students found their job placements consisted of working at the local Home Depot or McDonald’s and that no employer would hire them with a degree from Collins College. In the end, students were left with staggering loan debts and no jobs to pay for the massive monthly payments on loans they didn’t even know they’d taken out.

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 Collins College.

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  1. Robert A Albritton II
    Robert A Albritton II says:

    You forgot to mention the Teachout that started winter quarter (January 2013). I was in the Associates of Arts & Science in Graphic Design program. Core graphic design classes taught by part-time teachers from other districts who knew nothing about graphic design or the programs that we used, but even the gen ed. classes were taught by instructors who had no background in the subject in which they were asked to teach. My “college level” Math class was taught by a substitute kindergarten teacher from a nearby school district who’s major was in English. 300 level design classes taught by the dean of the school…? Who made it verbally known he knew nothing about design but would “give it his best shot?” I was told by the admissions rep whom I basically had to interview with in order to enroll at Collins College that the school was highly regarded in the academic community and upon completion of my AAS, transferring to ANY college in the nation would be a breeze due to their recognized name and accreditation. Well, two states, six community colleges, two major state universities and almost five years now since I “graduated” and all I have to show for it is $60,000 in student loan debt, never getting anywhere close to a job in graphic design and an “Associates of Arts and Science” degree that isn’t worth the wrapper around my McMuffin sitting in front of me right now. This school and the people who ran it are criminals, flat out.


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