For-profit colleges have been on the increase in recent years, as have unethical practices used by these colleges to increase student enrollment. Kaplan University, formally Kaplan College, is a leading example of a for-profit school recently under fire for fraud and misdirecting potential students – a practice that has left many former students very dissatisfied and even more in serious financial debt.
Kaplan University first entered the legal spotlight in 2008, when three former academic officers filed a wide-range federal lawsuit accusing the school of defrauding the U.S. government out of $4,000,000,000 ($4 billion). The lawsuit stated that the university enrolled students who were underqualified for the program, altered their grades to keep the students enrolled and falsified legal documents to receive academic program accreditation. This claim entails Kaplan University receiving government funding under false pretenses that they qualified for assistance.
It has also been revealed that the university used an unscrupulous marketing technique known as preying on the “pains” and “fears” of lower income students struggling in the real world. Using this tactic, students come to a realization of how dreadful their current situation could appear, and how bleak a future might look. Fearful of failing and letting people down, students see an opportunity for higher education through Kaplan University, and enroll without further researching financial aid and tuition expenses.
These for-profit universities are beginning to run exactly like a business only interested in the bottom line, revenue. The low-income student seeking higher education is a prime target for these schools, and the promise of a brighter future by a for-profit college is structured for disaster. For-profit universities set up as a business transform admission advisors into salespeople, potential students into leads, and student enrollment into sales. Importance is lost in the student, and the desire for higher education.
Kaplan University’s motives have developed in a nature that does not focus on the education and financial stability of the enrolled or prospective student. Students seeking assistance in attaining a higher education may be led down a misleading path when approached by an admission advisor simply trying to meet their numbers.
If you feel that you were scammed or otherwise harmed by Kaplan College or Kaplan University, please contact our education fraud attorneys to discuss your situation at hand and see your options in your case. We’re available 24 hours a day via the contact form fund on this page. While we may not be able to help with every case, we’re happy to evaluate the facts of your case for no charge.