When Your Pockets Are As Empty As a For-Profit College's Promises

On behalf of Faricy Law Firm, P.A. posted in blog on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Promises of a better life through higher education -- this is what your for-profit college sold you when you applied. The school's representatives may have promised you a job in your field upon graduation. The school told you that its classes provide you with the skills employers look for in applicants.

Upon completing your degree program, you couldn't find a job in your field. In order to pay the bills, you took whatever employment you could find, but it's not enough to get by. You may have taken out student loans to pay for this education, which just makes matters worse. Do you wonder whether you have legal recourse against the school?

These tactics could indicate fraud

If any of the following was true in your case, it may indicate fraud on the part of the school:

  • Aggressive recruiting practices
  • Guarantees of job placement
  • "Too" easy application process
  • "Too" easy financial aid
  • Unresponsive and unreachable staff after entry
  • Credits that won't transfer to another school
  • Discrepancies in student loan numbers
  • Courses that failed to prepare you for a job in your field
  • Encouragement to apply for non-degree jobs
  • Encouragement to apply for jobs not needing special training

You may discover that the for-profit college you attended is on a watch list kept by the Department of Education. Other federal agencies or the Minnesota Attorney General's Office may have opened investigations into the practices used by the school. If the mental checklist you made while reading the above included more "yes" answers than "no" answers, you may be able to take legal action against the school.

You will need evidence

In order to prevail in any claim, you will need to provide evidence. This often includes documentation such as the following:

  • Any data provided prior to enrolling
  • Any communications between you and the school
  • Your enrollment agreement
  • Any documentation regarding financial aid
  • Any documentation regarding housing
  • Your official or unofficial transcript
  • Any documentation regarding resolving disputes

These and other documents could help establish that the school lied to you and misrepresented what an education from the for-profit college could provide you in the real world.

The reality

In reality, making a claim against a for-profit college may be an uphill battle. However, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't fight for your legal rights. You may discover that you need help answering the questions raised in this article. In addition, if the answers to these questions leads you to take further action, it may benefit you greatly to have a knowledgeable legal advocate on your side.