Virginia College Fraud and Lawsuit Complaints

Virginia College Fraud and Lawsuit Complaints

Virginia College is facing a lawsuit from seven of its students who claim that the school misrepresented the usefulness of its programs, duped its students, and has practices in place easily seen in its advertising which show it uses discriminatory advertising as a way to target specific groups. These students state the falsehoods presented by the school about job placement and accreditation also are used to commit fraud against their students and the federal government.

Alleged discriminatory advertising predominantly features African-Americans and females in addition to minority groups which violates the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. This targets those living in African-American communities in particular which the school allegedly goes out of its way to enroll to gain access to federal financial aid. A two-year course in medical administration costs approximately $35,000, making it well over double the cost at a non-profit school.

The school’s accreditation statements indicated it as being a recognized school, and in some ways it was. It did have the approval of accreditation boards which regulate requirements for medical programs. It wasn’t, however, complying with their regulations in the instructions to its students. One such course required that students complete a total of 10 finger stick blood draws and 30 regular blood draws in order to complete the program.

Students indicated that they had done only 1 finger stick and zero regular blood draws even though the school indicates that students will learn the required skills in class by using each other as the patient. This, according to former students, never happened. Virginia College then claimed that this wasn’t really a problem as externship would provide them the opportunity to learn the required skills and complete the requirements…on real patients. As far as the school is concerned, it’s higher than non-profit costs are well deserved for all the extra services it provides its students. Finding a student to tell you what those value-added services might be the hard part.

A quick look at the school’s advertisements lends credence to the claim that it has targeted specific groups in an effort to profit from specific demographics. Females and African-Americans appear twice as often as other individuals in both their website and other ad copy. The school indicates that advertisement is the responsibility of their marketer and that they were unaware of any specific demographic being targeted.

Lawsuits haven’t stopped the complaints and plenty appear on online message boards from current and former students. They indicate that they have been left buried in tens of thousands in debt, are unable to work, and have nothing to show for the effort they put into their education. All they are left with is loan statements and minimum wage jobs they struggle to survive on once they pay their loan payments…if they’re able to at all. Those who can’t are left with their loans in default, credit destroyed, and will spend the next couple of decades trying to crawl out from the unexpected present Virginia College left them with.

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25 replies
  1. Tamara
    Tamara says:

    I read that suing the institution would be pointless due to the contract you sign when you enroll? Is that true? Because I wanted to get in on the class action suit that my campus had aagainst them.

    • Samantha
      Samantha says:

      Me too. I definitely want someone to help us get back what we deserve they took out student loans I never even knew they took out.

    • Cookie Fortune
      Cookie Fortune says:

      I feel like we should still pursue … There’s to many of us …has been affected my VC WE ALL SHOULD SPEAK UP!!!

  2. Ambrah White
    Ambrah White says:

    I would like to be heard and I will be suing Virginia College of Greensboro NC for emotional distress, student loans, Lying on me. Dropping me for something I had nothing to do with. The school has lost more teachers then they gained students. You really don’t learn anything. The president of the school is horrible its no support for the students. I am over it!

      • Leigh Anne
        Leigh Anne says:

        Same. I was so dumb. Graduated from there in 2013 and went back last year. I will never be able to pay any loans. I can’t make it now and I work 2 jobs.

    • Darlene Black
      Darlene Black says:

      Wow!!! I attended VS Greenville, S C. 2010-2012, college was very new in this area. They were enroll students here quickly. Promise a big career Medical Office Management, Associate Degree. My Company had a shut down and this was my chance to start a new career. During my externship myself and other students tried to transfer their credits but USCS, Clemson, not even Spartanburg Tech. nor Greenville Tech would accept VC students. What a waste off our time. NO NEW CAREER. Now I have a BIG Student Loan Debt.

  3. LaSheena Cosby
    LaSheena Cosby says:

    I was a student at Virginia College from 2010-2012 and was enrolled in the Therapeutic Massage Program and sign up into a $13,000 tuition, by the time I was finish with program I was charged with a $57,000 debt for my student loans which made no since to me at all, being that I was receiving FASA and GI-Bill from the military. So there should not have been no bill at all coming to find out they were taking money from me and left me with an high debt bill. Also they fired our program director April Henderson and didn’t have another director to fill in her spot and it left the students not being able to take our state board test for the Therapeutics Massage Program.

    • Yolanda K.
      Yolanda K. says:

      We should all come together n Sue them.. I went to school for 3 years . I went for medical Office Manager but when I got my degree it stated adminstatuon etc… Plus nobody will accept my credits or degree …

  4. Danielle Young
    Danielle Young says:

    I can barely see the screen with all of these tears flowing from my eyes. I just found out 20 minutes ago just how deep their lies were. I can’t even finish this comment. Help me Jesus

    • Ms Ann
      Ms Ann says:

      I understand I went to Virginia College Jax, Fl after completing a two year business and being told 15000 I owe 30k as well as being charged for housing something VA College of Jacksonville Fl. I am now required to pay 282.00 a month for 10+ years I share your tears.

      • Tiana Mayweather
        Tiana Mayweather says:

        I was a student at Virginia College Jacksonville Fl and my girlfriend and I had a balance on our account and they talking about we can’t get none of our money when we been asking about it for 3 months straight and the school is officially closed

  5. Davilynn Mendoza-Barragan
    Davilynn Mendoza-Barragan says:

    I was a student at the Virginia College Baton Rouge Louisiana campus from July 2017- September 2010 enrolled in the surgical technologist program. The college is a sham. The presented ya with these option papers to sign after Channel 9 news informed everyone of their closing before the actual college did. I chose the option to drop out of the program and have all of my tuition and fees reimbursed on 9/13/18. Since October I have called by debt collectors and received letters from debt collection agiencies. I have tried to speak with the people in charge at the campus and NO ONE will return emails, phone calls, or see me in person. The staff turnover was horrid. They got rid of the wonderful instructors who actually did their jobs and kept the high school pricks. The instructors had their favorites and would talk to their students like trash. If any student tried to seek higher help or defend themselves the instructors would try to find a way to have the student expelled from the program. I just want to be able to start over and actually get my education I need.

  6. Bridgette Wrokman
    Bridgette Wrokman says:

    I attended Virginia college in Huntsville, AL. They first told me only a few off my credits would transfer from a community college. Then had me retake classes that supposedly wouldn’t transfer. After I repeatedly asked to test out of those classes they told me no. A week prior to those classes being over, I was informed I could’ve tested out. Then what should have been my last semester there, they told me after reviewing my credits I was short and would have to take more classes. When I asked how could I be short when I’ve taken and passed every class they put me in I got some crazy story about the way my major works it requires more and more. I stopped going after that. This school is a joke and all it does is waste peoples time and cost them a ton of money that will be hard to pay back.

  7. Rekita
    Rekita says:

    Has anyone succeeded in a lawsuit, because I would like to be added in the suit. I went to VC located in Montgomery-AL attending their Network Technician program. It was their first year having the program, but what they promised was not given. We went all year without a program we needed for the class and when it came time to take the cert test none of what we learned was on it. On top of that I was awarded a grant but they changed my class schedule so the grant was taken away. I told them I could not pay out of pocket so they some how “waived” the fee…come to find out they only did that up until the last drop add date so I would have to pay. They also claim I signed something that I never signed agreeing to pay for things like room/board, transportation, and lunch which none of they provide. This school was a big fraud/scam and I am glad to see them closing.

  8. Pam
    Pam says:

    I attend VC in Huntsville Alabama and one day before finals find out the school is closing and I was due to graduate June 1, 2019. I’m not the only one whom is upset. You find that some of your credits will transfer but not all to possibly Drake, Strayer, or the Bible College yet what about the hours I’ve wasted attending college? I see the light at the end of the tunnel and find out overnight the school is closed. I heard the Federal Government would wash out student loans for students currently attending but I don’t want that I want to finish yet I do not want to start over I’ve put 2 years of my life 3 nights a week 5 hours a night what about the hours I’ve wasted attending classes and get no restitution for this. I have no clue what I’m going to do I have a job they expect me to graduate in June and possibly be promoted because of my achievement now I got nothing. Over 19,000 students are affected by this we all knew it was happening June 1st 2019 yet they stayed open so everyone could finish and graduate. Now what am I and all the other going to do in this situation?

  9. Jason reiner
    Jason reiner says:

    I withdrew from Virginia college shortly after registering and didn’t attend the college but I have a student loans on my credit report

  10. Pam Smothers
    Pam Smothers says:

    I am a student at the Chattanooga Campus, and I am in the last weeks of my externs. I have 4 weeks left and now they are telling me that I will have to go to another college to finish….This is crap that I have to take out more loans and more classes just for 4 weeks….Please let me know if this goes anywhere, because I would love to be involved in this to the highest levels.

  11. ashleigh
    ashleigh says:

    I attended in Baton Rouge, La. Dates being January 2011-June 2012. I have serious amounts of loans from this school that promised things and they didn’t come through on their promises. The pay was not near where they said a Pharmacy Technician would receive. I feel like we all were scammed by this awful so called “college.” I am now a stay at home mom and have been since 2013 because the pay that I was receiving was not what they had said. I was not bringing home anything after daycare. I got my own job placement, which is something they were supposed to do with me and help me with. But they didn’t. I also took classes that had nothing to do with the field I was going for. Just so they could profit more. I hope this lawsuit continues to grow. Scammers and liars is all that this place was filled with. Not to mention the staff was awful!

  12. Monique
    Monique says:

    I am. Speechless I had a 4. 0 with no education.. They failed me when it was time for externship because they didn’t have sites and we. Were complaining enrolled me in classes and fails me. For attendance.. I’m. Done. But can’t complete or. Graduate now I have loans with no education..

  13. Gwenda Kulcsar
    Gwenda Kulcsar says:

    I went to Virginia college in Fort pierce Florida. I questioned the Dean of the school on its “certificate/diploma” he insisted that it was a “diploma and NOT a certificate. However there were no gen ed requirements to back it up! I asked him to explain how it could possibly be a diploma w/o gen ed’s? It pretty much infuriated him, which caused me to feel as if the school were very shady!! However i went with it because it was much closer than the school i was attending. Now i am stuck with a “certificate that “says” diploma, but no associate degree??????? HOW DOES THIS WORK??? It is a bunch of hogwash if you ask me!! I want to know where to sign up for the class action law suit!! I don’t ONLY want my student loan forgiven!! I WANT A REFUND!!! This paper and the education including my credits are USELESS!!!!

    CASSANDRA says:

    I went to Virginia College in Biloxi, Mississippi and I was told one thing aand found out they had lied and I was stuck with a $32,000 bill for 2 years in Medical Billing and Coding. I have yet to get a job in my field. I graduated top of my class, with honors, perfect attendance, Dean list and the President list. If there is a law suit. I defiantly want in. They lied on everything. Their credit’s are not transferable at all.

  15. JENNIE
    JENNIE says:

    I went to Virginia collage in Jacksonville fl this school is a complete joke they did nothing but wasted our time and energy I barley graduated didn’t receive my diploma never got the chance to walk in cap and gown just very disappointed that I will never get that chance to. THANKS FOR NOTHING!!!!!

  16. Destanie Lahman
    Destanie Lahman says:

    I attended in 2007 for three semesters I was told by recruiting that all of my credits would transfer to South I signed up for the associate’s degree and I had told them that I wanted to go all the way through medical school and had been out of school for so long that I felt I needed the smaller classes so I have just received my garnishment letter for my paychecks from the US Department of Education right now for three semesters that are completely worthless I owe $18,799.99 do not talk to any of the student loan forgiveness people this is how my stuff got sent to be garnished my stove had not been touched until I spoke with the Forgiveness people they want to take your time and then add interest to that and the way they have it set up oh my goodness they wanted me to pay way more than what I would have done yes I’m definitely going to go and see a lawyer about this because you should not as a young person go to sign up for a school and have the US Department of Education be the predatory lender that lends to a school that has no intentions of giving do any kind of class that can even be transferable if you can’t transfer English 101 from one school to another you should not be able to get a loan from the US Department of Education


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