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Grand Canyon University


class action lawsuit

Complaint Rating:  92 % with 24 votes
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Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, Arizona
United States
We have read hundreds of complaints by ripped off students and mistreated former faculty members. A class action lawsuit is truly in order. Please contact us at GCUclassactionlawsuit (This is a Yahoo account) if you are interested in joining the class action lawsuit.
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A  28th of Sep, 2012 by    +1 Votes
I too am a victim of the Grand Canyon University ripoff, I finished my degree the first of June and have not recieved my dipolma and I am not going to because of a book loan for 220 they have not even bothered to contact me/ I had to pay them 150 for that dipoloma and they are going to keep it, it is pure crap. They keep adding classes when I was about through just to run up the bill. Are they a crooked school yes, please if a lawsuit is started aganst them I want in it, this is just bull, I applied at the police station and they would not release my records
N  9th of Dec, 2012 by    +2 Votes
I am trying to find out about the class action lawsuit but the search takes me nowhere.(?????)
A  11th of Dec, 2013 by    +2 Votes
I am a victim and I would like to become involved in the class action suit, as this is unfair to all of us whom would like to continue our education and not be prevented from doing so. This institution has been fraudulent in the many of its practices including over rated charges and changing of billing statement and over billing loan servicing companies! Something has to be done immediately!
A  29th of Apr, 2014 by    0 Votes

I am a graduate of Grand Canyon Universities BSN program (Or so I thought).

After attending graduation, receiving two Pop up congratulatory messages for completing the program and receiving an e-mail from my academic adviser congratulating me on “Reaching the end of my journey”, I received an email asking me to past $150.00 for a graduation fee. After paying the fee, I called the school and was told that the transcripts and certificate would take 4-6 weeks. I called back later and was told it may be up to 6-8 weeks. I call today and am now told that I have to take an extra class. They are now telling me that I need to take an extra “upper level class.”

Is there still a class action lawsuit?
Whom should I contact to file a formal complaint?
How do I go about seeking legal adequate legal representation?
Please Help!
A  29th of Apr, 2014 by    +1 Votes
I can understand what you're dealing with, it been alot of contoversy with this institution and this is terrible as I am still a student also and this is terrible! I think this type of treatment needs to hit the news soon as this institution is for profit and they are actually ripping students off!
N  23rd of Oct, 2014 by    +1 Votes
I'm not so sure about this information. I hold a Bachelors Degree from Grand Canyon University in Sociology, a totally useless Degree. I then entered the Masters of Science Addiction Counselor Program, and I'm done the didactic studies, entering into Practicum. I had a hard time finding a site, finally I have one, but I have to pay out of pocket for it. The cost isn't bad, 990.00 each practicum. They state that Financial Aid doesn't pay for 2 credit courses. I'm 2 months behind finding a site and they send me a letter stating that I will have to return to school if I'm out 6 months due to new requirements or something to that effect. I wrote them and told them I would be seeking legal counsel to protect my interest. Then I got a much nicer letter. But still I'm wondering, what the truth is here. I don't really have the money for the Practicum, but I'll squeeze out of a Rock. However, I told them in the early stages what I wanted, to be a Social Worker, they put me in the Sociology Program, this didn't make me a Social Worker, though it was a good foundation, but I'm not satisfied with this institution either. I have many questions unaswered, but I did get my Sociology Degree, and I have all but 4 credits for the Masters. They just make it very hard at the end, and they didn't disclose that information in advance, it was like a huge surprise. I'm interested in talking to a lawyer, that's for sure, because I am in debt to the Gov't which is fine if I invested in something I can use, and I'm not so sure I can.
A  24th of Mar, 2015 by    +3 Votes
Would be willing to join the class action lawsuit
N  23rd of Jul, 2015 by    +3 Votes
I would very much like to be part of a class action suit against GCU. I have completed the 60 hours in the Doctorate of Education program with a 3.60 GPA. Since December 2014, I have been in dissertation classes. For the last 8 months through a series of mismanagement by the university I have not even completed my Prospectus. When I should have been finished with my degree this month, it will be almost impossible to finish it by December of this year. Three of the five colleagues in my class are gone without explanation. The one other student left is in agreement with me. We are getting ripped off. I am not your average student. I have excelled throughout my college career. I have a 117 page proposal that have not even been looked at. There is no excuse for this pitiful travesty. No one seems concerned at the university. When recruiting doctoral programs, they brag about the ability of a student to get a doctorate in three years. The three years are up, and I have barely progress beyond the state I was in 8months ago. They accreditation should be questioned. I was told at the university in a public meeting that 90% of students in the program receive their doctorate. This statement was made by a Dean. It is a lie. I do not know what to do. I will not give up as it seems many have.
N  16th of Jan, 2017 by    0 Votes
@Robert Woosley I am also work in on my doctorate and in the exact same situation. I have spoken to an attorney. Please email me at gculawsuit@gmail.com.
A  29th of Jul, 2015 by    +1 Votes
Wow. I did not know there were so many complaints.
A  19th of Aug, 2015 by    +2 Votes
I too got bamboozled! I went for a Masters in Secondary Education to be an Art teacher. I was told I could obtain a teaching degree based on my content knowledge due to my two other degrees being in Communication Art and Design and a Bachelors of Studio Art from the University of MN Morris. However when I checked with my Minnesota Department of Education that is not so. MN does not allow or issue license on content knowledge regardless if you have a Masters Degree in teaching. I didn't pass the student teaching which I was allowed to repeat. However, I did pass the first eight weeks and they made me repeat the entire 16 weeks and of coarse they took financial aid for all of it.

On my federal financial aid statement it shows that all was paid in full and now they are trying to collect $1090.00 which has already been paid to them and they will not release my transcripts or degree because they are basically holding it hostage for money that was already paid to them by the federal government which I have to pay back. I gave three years of my life for this degree, and maintained a 4.0 throughout the entire time up until the student teaching which was the bizarrest experience of my life. I had to find my own placements. My school did nothing to back up my unprecedented dismissal. Towards the end there were so many red flags and when I started to question things I got the run around and vague answers. I was told the GCU could not even contact my States Department of Education. Why not? Why can't the school that is offering an education to get a teaching degree with a state that has reciprocity contact the students home State Department of Education? When I told my education specialist that I would not be able to teach based on content knowledge even after passing a content knowledge exam he persisted to tell me I was wrong and I even signed a waiver say I could based on content knowledge, a form of course produced by GCU. Everything is a lie is a fraud. I had to continue in these classes and pay for them while they knew full well they were lying to me and that I was not going to be able to get a job or be able to teach. Now I am 69, 000 dollars more in federal student load debt and I can't get my transcripts or my degree. A lesser degree of Masters in Secondary Education with non certification.

I gave up three years of my life and I am now 49 and no chance or opportunity to do what I went to school for. I was sold a lie and giver false dreams and hopes. My academic, educational, student and financial aid advisors changed at least five different times while I attended GCU which ended in November of 2014. I have now clinical anxiety, depression, and so much stress and it is the result of being taken advantage of by this educational institution. I even contacted my State Senator and I was told to contact the US Dept of Higher Ed. and the Arizona Dept of Higher Ed, and different States Attorney Generals, etc. No one wants to do anything. I want help. This school is nothing more than a diploma mill and using the Federal Financial System and people who are looking for a better future to make money. I am just sickened by all of this. I lost three years of my life for nothing and I still have to pay for it.
A  3rd of Nov, 2015 by    0 Votes
I failed to classes due to rude incompetent instuctors that didn't do their job. Open book test weren't in the book, they couldn't explain assignments, no knowledge how to use technical support... Gcu and debt collector they sent it to said I only owed $760, in which GCU offered a settlement agreement that I only had pay $360 and they would pay the rest. The debt collector agreed with me and notified GCU (even with my personal contact information updated). GCU has yet to contact me or my emails unless the original email to collect aa $760 debt which I just found out is actually $5, 966.73 debt that automated system nor customer representatives can keep same balance of mind you. I didn't even find out until my credit report was pulled for medical reasons needed and I was denied. I am currently speaking to attorneys trying to obtain them and start law suit if cannot be handled appropriately out of court and am highly interested in any class action lawsuit against Grand Canyon that could pertain to my cases situation please contact send an information to Themangelyis82@gmail.com.
A  9th of Nov, 2015 by    0 Votes
It took a couple not so nice voice mails but the school finally contacted me with the person contact number I needed to talk, low and behold though on the late night prior of me not being able to speak for a week or two. So I am on hold so to give the school time to be accountable for once in three years and correct their wrongs outside of a court room. However, it is funny to me how I have contacted the GCU class action lawsuit email and others but have no responses, shows up as nothing sent through here, and any response in agreeance I (and many others) make is (are) a negative complaint against me (them) to point I am getting random notification emails letting me know. Perhaps the GCU class action lawsuit and this site is just GCU to make life more miserable from them not doing their jobs to begin with blaming students so they pay their salaries like in the 2010 5.2 million dollar settlement GCU was ordered by a judge to pay?? Sorry for no spell check but go figure as usual with anything connected to GCU as I experienced, and with malicious viruses attached mind you, spell check is not working again.
N  21st of Nov, 2015 by    +1 Votes
I am also a victim of the very deceptive Grand Canyon University. I have tried every avenue and every method of complaint that I can find. The University took my money and failed to release classes to me. After contacting the Department of Education about this, they altered my grade in the ONLY class (introductory level) that I had taken. So, it appeared that I was failing. Mind you, the grade went to a B to an F in a matter of a half an hour.
They failed to communicate with me despite numerous attempts to resolve. Anyone interested in a class action lawsuit, please contact me, , I see this has been done before.

Kathleen Page katpage514@yahoo.com
A  31st of Jan, 2016 by    +1 Votes
Do Not Enroll, they rob you of your FAFSA and then want to bill you for it. They drop you and say they'll fix it because it was in error, but they won't. You make great grades and contribute so much other peers compliment your efforts, but they drop you on the last week so you have to retake the class and they double dip their fees, while you are left at a step back. They enroll you and drop you without your consent. If they ask you about your belief system and it does not go along with the teacher's, even if you have 100, they will drop you or fail you in the class on the last week. They take long to post your grade for this reason so you no longer have access to the posts to prove it. Then when you are close to finishing, they change the program so you step back on meeting the requirements. They are liars an thieves and rob you without remorse.
N  26th of Feb, 2016 by    0 Votes
I went to GCU in 2011 for by BSN and was told that after a 'scholarship' that I was awarded plus a discount through my employer, I would be responsible for $16, 700 once I graduated. They were constantly 'posting' thousands of dollars onto my account that they had received. I kept inquiring as to why all of these transactions were being placed and they just would say that it was how they billed their 'sessions! Once I graduated, the total balance that I had to pay back was over $30, 000!!! I was devastated to find out what my payments were going to be as they were more than my car! If there is a class action lawsuit out there, please let me know! I truly believe this place should be shut down and never be allowed to do any of these things to anyone again!!
A  17th of Apr, 2016 by    0 Votes
I will be willing to join a class action lawsuit against Grand Canyon U. Everything they did to goof me up would take too long for me to get into. Lets just say that I already have a Masters from Indiana Wesleyan in business and it was a great experience. I graduate with a B+ average. I was told I would be able to teach using a degree in education from Grand Canyon U. I was almost finished with this second masters and found out that it was worthless. Now I am working on an unrelated doctoral program and have to pay cash (with frequent breaks in between classes) as I used up my financial aid going to Grand Canyon. They wasted my time AND money.
A  31st of May, 2016 by    0 Votes
I too have the same story about GCU. Total rip off. They took almost all of my FAFSA and my degree is worth nothing. I have a dead end job and cannot afford the bills they have left me with. They knew my degree would be worthless but lied to me about it anyways.
If there is anyone that know some real information about a call action suit I would be very interested in knowing the details of it.
A  4th of Jun, 2016 by    0 Votes
I also have the same story about GCU. They put me in debt for over 60, 000 and had to consolidate my loans because they had me paying 5 different loan servicing people. I did get lucky about the job but that was because I was already working in the field at the time I went to school. I was the only one working in my family at the time and they wanted me to do my student teaching at a different school, which would have cost me my job, however I was able to get them to allow me to do my student teaching at the school I worked at but the degree has not helped me in the least when I needed to move and find a new school for employment. I would like to get involved with the class action suit against this school so they are unable to do this to another unsuspecting student. crystalwolfe2000@gmail.com
A  17th of Jun, 2016 by    +1 Votes
I went to Grand Canyon University for one class in Sociology. I attended one session which was an introduction of all the students. I then found out that my husband had quit paying the mortgage on our house and had 4th stage head and neck cancer which was why he was such odd things. He passed away soon after this. They still wouldn't accept his death as a good reason and increased the amount I owed them. I wrote to the teacher and the admissions department but they said I didn't follow the directions for withdrawal and charged me for that class and one on Religion that I had planned to take the following semester. I refused to pay them and they sent me letters saying how much I owed them. This was back in 2007 and I still haven't paid them. I would be glad to take part in this class action suit. Pam Sterling-Seitz. My email is pamsterling6@gmail.com.
N  19th of Sep, 2016 by    0 Votes
If a class action can begin I am on board! I not, I am willing to being the process with the right group of people. Please email me at swedehart@msn.com

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