Education Fraud And For-Profit Colleges

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The past decade or more has seen exponential growth in the number of for-profit colleges and vocational schools across the country. These schools have a deservedly poor reputation. Their marketing materials often tout high graduation rates and promising careers, but the claims frequently are misleading if not patently false.

Investigations by states attorneys general, the federal government and various media have uncovered deceptive tactics by for-profit schools to enroll as many students as possible to maximize profits while paying no regard for the quality of the education, graduation rates or the career possibilities of their students.

We accept these cases on a contingency fee basis. You will only pay attorney fees if we successfully obtain a recovery for you, and we can include fees in the amount we seek to recover.

Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a report in 2012 that revealed the committee's findings from a two-year investigation of the for-profit higher education industry. Harkin says the committee found "overwhelming documentation of overpriced tuition, predatory recruiting practices, sky-high dropout rates, billions of taxpayer dollars spent on aggressive marketing and advertising, and companies gaming regulations to maximize profits." Deceptive practices are not the exception, but the norm, he added.

Fight Back Against For-Profit Schools' Deceptive Practices

If you attended a for-profit college or vocational school only to be left with the wrong accreditation for a job in your chosen field, credits that won't transfer to more traditional colleges or a hefty amount of student loans with nothing to show for it, you may be able to take legal action. The attorneys at Winston Cooks, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, represent individuals in lawsuits against for-profit schools for consumer fraud, deceptive marketing, misrepresentation of financing and other infractions.

We can seek to recover damages plus penalties. Juries around the country have awarded victims of misrepresentation by for-profit schools millions of dollars. If you or a loved one has suffered significant financial loss due to a for-profit school's deceptive tactics, contact our lawyers as soon as possible.