Jeff Rasansky of the Rasansky Law Firm heads a firm that handles college fraud cases. If you're considering attending an online university or an off-line university, make sure you watch out for the following scams. These can end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars, or more, and leaving you with nothing in return. College recruiters will sometimes try these tactics to get you to sign up for a worthless education and a very big bill.
Watch out for college recruiters who misrepresent how much it costs to go to the college that they work for. It's common for them to understate how much that you'll end up paying at the end of your education. For example, they could say that it only costs $5,000 to get your certification in a given field while leaving out the fact that you'll need to take many prerequisite courses to even get into that program. Once you're on the hook and hopeful about taking the program they told you about, it's very easy to overlook how much it's going to cost you to even get into that program.
Unfortunately, it is sometimes easy to determine whether or not a college recruiter is overstating their job placement figures, but most students don't think to do the work of finding this out. Here's an example. If you meet a college recruiter who says that they can get you a job at a given company, don't take their word for it. Call the human resources department at that company and ask them if they take people with degrees from that college. If they say that they don't, something is obviously fishy.
Do you know how much financial aid a college wants you to take? It depends upon the college. A good university with ethical counselors will try to help you minimize your debt. An unscrupulous university will try to get you to take as much financial aid as you possibly can. They may even encourage you to lie on your applications. If a counselor recommends that you say something that is completely untrue or that is only true if you look at it in a very convoluted fashion on one of your financial aid applications, just walk away. It's more trouble than you want to deal with and all they're trying to do is get money for themselves and they don't care if that creates financial hardship for you.
Online education can be great, but be wary. Talk to an online school scam lawyer if you believe that you have been the victim of one of these tactics.
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