Please help! Advice needed badly!
Posted 08 January 2012 - 03:17 PM
In 2009 she started attending a state university in person. She told the new school she had this diploma mill bs school degree hoping to get into the graduate program or at least get transfer credit - neither happened so she started as a freshman.
For those two years she received the Pell Grant. However, in her 3rd year the school decided that she was not eligible for the Pell Grant and that she needed to pay all the money back for the previous 2 years - $9,600.
They argued that because she had a Bachelor degree already she was not eligible for the Pell Grant and needed to repay all the money back. For 2 years all was well and out of the blue they decided to start this.
They placed the account into collections with a 3rd party agency and itís on her reports, original amount 9k now 13k and collecting interest. They say itís an individual account. They said they themselves sent their own money to the Department of Education and now she owes the school.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. They refuse to give her a transcript, register for classes, etc. I am sure I will need a lawyer.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:15 AM
This happens a lot, even now. Degrees from schools like University of Phoenix are not transferable to any state school. Same goes with ITT and a host of other schools. The fact remains, you have a BA...although it is not worth the paper it is written on.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:12 PM
Posted 10 January 2012 - 04:21 AM
Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:05 AM
She never previously received any type of pell grant. She paid out of her own pocket, no financial aid anywhere. Please read the info again. Used it to her gain? She paid out of her own pocket for the diploma mill degree. Heres info on the fraud school that was closed by the fbi http://en.wikipedia....k_diploma_mills
This guy was always in hot waters and while in prison his wife continued to operate the scam business..
I believe there is a application to dismiss (fraudulent schools) but I am sure Lynn knows better about that ..
Degree Mills and Diploma Mills: Be Warned!
The terms diploma mill and degree mill are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinctive difference: degree mills provide degrees from fake colleges which do not exist, and diploma mills provide fake degrees from real colleges.
Degree mills are for-profit organizations which disguise themselves as legitimate schools. Many have names which are very close to the names of real colleges, in order to easily confuse people. One well-known degree mill was named LaSalle University, which mimicked the name of the legitimate La Salle University. The only difference was a space between La and Salle.
James Kirk, the operator of the degree mill LaSalle, served five years in federal prison for charges related to LaSalle and other various degree mills which he owned. Apparently running fake schools is a lucrative business, as Kirkís wife continued to open and operate additional degree mills while he was in prison.
Read more: Degree Mills: Make Sure Your Online College is Legitimate - StateUniversity.com Blog http://www.stateuniv...l#ixzz1j4VMIMsS
Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:40 PM
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