College is supposed to be an exciting time. We have been taught our entire lives that in order to make more money and provide a better life for ourselves and or families, we should go to college. In other words, if we dedicate ourselves and work hard, we can improve our situations. It is the American way. Unfortunately, as attorneys at Moss Bollinger, we have seen that some colleges are far too eager to prey on people who are just trying to get ahead in life.
There are numerous ways that for-profit colleges have been demonstrated to mislead prospective students. The most glaring is by spending millions of dollars advertising promises of better, higher paying jobs if you graduate from their college. Do you remember DeVry's advertisements of a 90% job placement rate and 15% higher salaries? Those misleading advertisements cost them $100 million after the Federal Government sued them to stop. In addition, some for-profit colleges have had notorious reputations for aggressive recruiting practices and inducing students into taking on massive student loans.
If you have been harmed by any of these practices, you need help. There are numerous consumer protection laws in California designed to protect your rights against big businesses, like non-profit colleges. In addition to calling Moss Bollinger, we would recommend that you immediately begin taking the following steps:
- Recall how you first learned about the college. Was it an advertisement on the internet? TV? Radio? Facebook? Try your best to recall how you first heard about the college, because they may have left a false first impression on you. In addition, you may even be able to find a copy of those ads online.
- Create a timeline of significant dates and events regarding when you first heard of the college, the initial contacts you had with the college, meetings, when you signed any paperwork, and your dates of attendance at the college.
- If you were the victim of aggressive recruiters, be sure that you examine your phone and log the time and date of any call you received. Further, save any voice messages, text messages, social media messages, and emails that you have exchanged with the college's recruiters.
- Keep a paper trail. In other words, locate any brochures, contracts, admissions forms, student loan applications and paperwork, receipts, letters in the mail, and your transcripts.
- If you are a veteran, be sure to document any efforts that were made to get your G.I. benefits. Keep records of everything relating to your benefits.
If you were enrolled at DeVry in the last decade, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Even if you agreed to accept FTC settlement money, you may still have more coming as a California resident. The team at Moss Bollinger has been actively fighting for former DeVry students and wants to help you. We charge no fees up front. Call us today at 800-249-1175 for a free consultation or complete our online form.