Are You Wondering If You Have A Case Against Your School?

Here are some questions to help you determine whether or not you have a case against your school:

What kind of school was it?

If it was a for-profit school, there is more likely to be a case than if it was a community college. In fact, we generally don’t handle cases against community colleges, and we don’t handle cases against high schools or elementary schools at all.

When did you attend?

If you completed your program, or left your school more than three years ago, your claim might be too late. It depends on when you figured out that the school had harmed you. But the point is, don’t wait if you feel you have been harmed! You could lose your claims through the passage of time. The sooner you act, the more likely your claim will not be time-barred.

Did the school make promises it didn’t keep?

For-profit schools make money by filling classes. Many of them are more interested in selling themselves to you than in finding the right program for you. Sales people often make promises they know the school won’t keep, and some of these can support a claim. Ask yourself: if you had known the promise wasn’t true, would you have attended anyway? Here are some examples of false promises that can support a claim:

  • That the school had high placement rates, or high completion rates, when it didn’t.
  • That the program was scheduled for a certain amount of time, when it could not normally be completed in that time.
  • That the school would provide suitable externships, when it lacked the resources and relationships to do so.
  • That graduates would be prepared to enter the workforce, when additional training or experience was needed before they could do so.
  • That credits earned at the school would be transferable to other schools, when they weren’t.
  • That students were suitable for the program, when criminal convictions or other problems in their pasts would disqualify them from working in the field.
  • The school would provide “state of the art” equipment, but instead used outdated equipment and textbooks.

Was the main problem your disappointment with quality of the education, or the teachers?

It is very hard to prove claims like this. Schools get a fair amount of leeway in deciding how to teach their programs. So, if these are your main complaints, you should look deeper to see if specific promises were made and broken.

If you think you have a claim after reviewing these questions, fill out the contact box to the right and tell us about it!

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