Everest College Students File Class Action Over School's Accreditation, Credits and Costs

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Salt Lake City, UT: A class action lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City, Utah alleges that Everest College systematically lures potential students into its programs with misleading information about the school's accreditation, transferability of credits, and cost. Everest is one of the brands used by for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Corinthian operates approximately 100 Everest campuses around the country, and also operates Everest University Online.

The lawsuit alleges two primary forms of wrongdoing by Everest. First, it alleges that Everest makes misrepresentations to potential students about whether credits or degrees earned at Everest can be transferred to other post-secondary universities and community colleges, and, even though it informs potential students that it is "accredited," fails to disclose that the type of "accreditation" Everest has is not generally recognized by other post-secondary institutions. The lawsuit alleges that Everest "admissions counselors" lied to prospective students about whether credits earned at Everest would be accepted for transfer to non-profit or public universities in Utah. The result is that students who had hoped to use the Everest programs as a "stepping stone" to a degree from a non-profit or public university discovered, after incurring tens-of-thousands of dollars in debt, that their time and money had been wasted.

Second, the lawsuit alleges that Everest makes misrepresentations and omissions about the cost of its programs. The complaint in the lawsuit details how prospective students are lured into one-on-one meetings with "admissions counselors" who provide the prospective students with cost "estimates." However, Everest then has the students apply for student loans -- which are dispersed directly to Everest -- far in excess of those estimates.

The lawsuit was brought by three former students of Everest's Salt Lake City campus, and alleges claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and violation of Utah's Consumer Sales Practices Act.

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Reader Comments

Posted by
Amphone Soumpholphakdy
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Hi I also Attended Everest in 2008-2009 I have private loans and I also in debt $ 13,000 . And collecting interest and I can't even use my degree in Billing and Coding . Please help .

Posted by
Elizabeth Mack
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I went to Everest College here in Aurora Co. I was told that they would help me find a job after graduation and I haven't herd anything from them I just wish that they would fallow through with what they say.

Posted by
Nicole
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Same here, my credits are not transferable. I'm in debt for $35k+. Not fair :(

Posted by
leonard
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I going to Everest University Onlineeverest is this safe for me to do or continue.
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Posted by
Michigan
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I walked the stage for everest graduation heartbroken and with a ton of debt. Admissions informed me about the "estimates" after they applied me for many loans. I was to start payments while in school and six months after i graduate or drop below six credits if i am not in school. I am a current student but i cant take any loans because Everest has been overcharging my account with loans for no reason. I was not given any help with finding a job upon my graduation in March of 2013. I was also racially profiled by staffs of Everest services along with another student while on extern.

Posted by
Michigan
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When checking into an RN degree I was told that my preveous credits did not transfer and the time and money I spent was wasted! Also my student loans are so big for an MA that I was unable to afford to pay them back. I was unable to find a job as an MA and have a job as a dialysis tech.

Posted by
Illinois
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I have around $10,000.00 in student loans with Everest. They promised I would have a job making up to $40,000.00 a year within a month of graduating. After I graduated I received no help in finding a job. I finally found one on my own after six months, and it only paid $10.00 an hour. I was a single mom and barely made enough to pay my bills let alone pay off my student loans. And now my certification is under scrutiny and I was not able to get another job in pharmacy and had to switch to another career to support my family, so I am not even able to use the certification that I paid all that money to go to school for. I do not think I should have to pay back on a loan for something I am not even able to use due to their deceit.

Posted by
Michigan
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Misleading information and misrepresentation of total cost of the program. I have letters and documents stating the facts.

Posted by
Washington
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Falsified representation of career opportunities and wages; obscene tuition; aggressive tactics during enrollment; very poor follow-up and continuing support after enrollment and graduation; illogical module structure; unrealistic attendance policy; detrimental makeup policies.

Posted by
Indiana
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Falsified job claims, practically forced to join. I was not financially able to handle these at the time. All I have been told when applying for jobs is I have no experience and they wanted people with experience. So now I am being harassed to start paying by an outside company saying that there is an impending garnishment.

Posted by
South Carolina
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I took classes online at Everest and my tuition went up every semester even after they told me I had a set tuition. I racked UP $66,000 in student loans that I can't pay back just for a degree I can't do anything with.

Posted by
Michigan
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I also attended Everest Institute in 2009. I had to take out three additional loans to pay for this school. Now I am in debt, being a single mother of eight children. I was told that I would always be able to call the career service center for help with obtaining a job. Well, I am currently in Tennesee and cannot do so here. Also I was told that my credits would be transferrable. BIG LIE!! The amount of money I paid to go here was not feasible to my living situation. I thought I was doing a good thing to help further myself to better take care of my family. Everything that has been stated in this lawsuit is exactly true because I myself have been a victim of it.

Posted by
Utah
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I just saw this website informing us that the degree I just earned will not be honored due to accreditation. I too was told that my credits would be transferable to get my master's degree down the road. And now I find out that they are not. I have over $41,000.00 in student loans and my Bachelor's degree isn't worth the paper its written on. Please help me

Posted by
Washington
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High cost, incompetent teachers, misrepresenting wages and job placement rates, new teachers every day as no permanent teacher for class. These people take advantage of people in need. instead of an education, people are left with debt. It's sad that clinics and hospitals have begun to be prejudiced against Everest graduates due to bad performance on the school’s behalf to educate. You need only to have been employed 2 years as a medical assistant to be an educator. No educator experience needed.

Posted by
Washington
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I went to school there. Graduated and promised assistance with job placement. I cannot get a job in the field I went to school for.

Posted by
Washington
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I went to Everest and was promised they would help me, they would help me get a job and always be there to make sure I had a job. Two months after graduation, I stopped hearing from anyone, and it’s like i never went there. I can’t get a job in my field because no one wants to hire anyone with Everest on their resume for schooling. Now I’m stuck with thousands of dollars in debt because i wanted to follow my dream. Everest is a scam and I’m tired of being stuck in debt to a school that should be closed down for lying! I hate paying for something i can’t use now!

Posted by
North Carolina
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I was lied to about accreditation, leading me to be unable to transfer to a brick-and-mortar school. I am $53,000 in student loan debt with nothing to show for it.

Posted by
New York
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They took $34,000 in tuition, told me that my credits were transferrable, lied about my grades, not allowed me to graduate with an associates degree. I can't get a job with these classes now, and I have to start all over with my schooling even though the last two years should’ve counted for something. I am at a loss, both financially and physically. I don't know where to turn.

Posted by
West Virginia
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I am a student with Everest College online and I will not be able to transfer my credits to receive my BA degree. The price was more then what they stated.

Posted by
Oregon
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False promises about job placement and availablity in my area, false information and guidance from advisors and finanical advisors, misleading information on costs on tution for classes. There is much more, and they act like they want me to fail even though I am trying my hardest to complete goals. Please contact me as soon as possible, thank you.

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