University of Phoenix Job Placement: Who’s Affected?
Did you initially enroll at University of Phoenix in Texas or California between October 1, 2012, and December 31, 2016, and graduate?
Did University of Phoenix lead you to believe that you would get a good job after graduation?
Many prospective students rely on university advertisements or promises when making choices about their future. Unfortunately, these representations may not always be accurate.
University of Phoenix students may have been misled by representations that the university had a relationship with a variety of prominent companies, calling them “employer partners,” including:
- American Red Cross
- Newell Rubbermaid
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigated and filed a lawsuit against the for-profit school for allegedly misrepresenting that certain large corporations worked with University of Phoenix to develop the curriculum and, as a result, relationships with the companies created job opportunities specifically for University of Phoenix graduates. Advertisements described “corporate partners shaping curriculum.”
University of Phoenix agreed to settle the case brought by the FTC but, unfortunately, the settlement does not affect federal and private loan obligations.
Students who were deceived by the University of Phoenix, who did not get a job as expected after graduation, may be eligible to take action in a misrepresentation, false advertising, consumer protection case.
University of Phoenix Degree Programs: Overview
The University of Phoenix is a for-profit school, meaning that the university is operated by a private company to make money rather than a non-profit, government, or religious organization.
The university has benefited substantially from federal funding. University of Phoenix students reportedly received the most Pell Grant assistance funding of any for-profit organization. Additionally, the university has reportedly been the largest recipient of federal GI Bill benefits.
What is the FTC?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent administrative arm of the United States government that was created to enforce the regulations outlined in the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. In addition, the FTC seeks to protect consumers from any misleading or deceptive business practices.
University of Phoenix FTC Settlement
The University of Phoenix and its parent company Apollo Education agreed to a settlement that resolved allegations by the FTC that they had deceptively advertised that prominent corporate brands such as Microsoft, Twitter, Adobe, and Yahoo, worked with the university to develop the curriculum.
Based on these representations, students were allegedly given the false impression that the University of Phoenix had relationships with the companies that created job opportunities specifically for University of Phoenix graduates. The marketing campaign allegedly targeted members of the military and Hispanic groups.
As part of the University of Phoenix FTC settlement, the school agreed to pay $50 million directly to the commission. Additionally, the university forgave around $141 million in debts owed directly to the University of Phoenix. Federal or private student loans were not affected by this settlement.
Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement: “Students making important decisions about their education need the facts, not fantasy job opportunities that do not exist.”
Can I Get Reimbursed for the Federal and Private Loans I Took Out to Pay for the University of Phoenix?
The settlement with the FTC does not eliminate federal and private loans. However, if you qualify to file a deceptive advertising case against the University of Phoenix, any recovery can be used to pay outstanding debts.
Do I Qualify for a University of Phoenix Claim?
If you are a graduate of the University of Phoenix who initially enrolled between October 1, 2012, and December 31, 2016, in Texas or California, and feel as though you were misled by the false advertising promoted by the university, then you may be eligible to join an investigation and get help by a qualified false advertising lawyer.
University of Phoenix Investigation
Compensation for affected students may be available through civil claims litigation.
If the University of Phoenix and Apollo Education violated Texas or California laws by misleading potential students, they may be held liable for their actions. Graduates may be entitled to significant compensation if the claim results in a settlement, judgment, or award.
If you are a Texas or California resident and were misled by the University of Phoenix’s representations about its curriculum and job opportunities for graduates, and did not get the job you expected after graduation, you may be eligible to join a University of Phoenix, Apollo Education investigation.
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