Resolved Kaplan University — student loan scam
I am reporting this information to you in an attempt to make justice happen with the online university who did this to me.
My story starts in 2006 when I signed up for online classes with Kaplan University. I wanted to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. I attended one semester, received two textbooks, and started my journey of attaining my online degree.
Halfway through the semester, I realized that this educational opportunity was not for me. The classes were too fast for my understanding and I was falling way behind. I was doing very poorly and did not think this was the right course for me. I did not attend classes for the next semester, nor did I ever receive any other textbooks or materials.
After a while, the representative at Kaplan University contacted me and asked if I would like to attend another semester. I was talked into continuing for one more semester, taking two classes. I stopped showing up for classes online after a few weeks and told them to drop me from the school.
During this time, I got married and moved away.
Several years later, I was working for a now-former employer of mine, who notified me that there was a wage garnishment issued for me. I was shocked and had no idea who this creditor was. I found out that Kaplan University charged the federal system $25, 000.00 for my “education” and turned it over to the U.S. Government. I now owed over $35, 000 with all the fees and interest, and should I fail to pay I will have my wages garnished.
Needing the money, I continued working for a few more months while I tried to figure out what I can do about this defaulted student loan. Finding out that there is almost nothing I can do about it, I quit my job. I had no choice – such a large portion of my already small wages were being garnished that I simply could not continue working for that salary.
Since then, EdFund notified me that in order to stop legal proceeding such as wage garnishments, I must get my loan back to a good standing. So I was making payments for 9 months in the amount of $267.00 in order to prevent legal repercussions.
However, I now owe close to $40, 000, do not have my degree, and all this for one or two semesters and two textbooks. Something here is not right: Kaplan University used illegal, immoral, and fraudulent tactics to collect this money from the Federal Government, and from me. In my research into this matter, I learned that there are many others who they have done this to and I will be looking into a class action suit. Kaplan University committed fraud – plain and simple. How else can they justify getting paid $25, 000 for one student for less than two semesters and for 2 textbooks?
I tried to resolve the matter with Kaplan University first. I contacted them, and they were not very helpful. I asked to see the information on my education, and they sent me some forms over that were very complicated and had a bunch of bogus fees on there – for example, Internet Fee $1, 600 – that they just created.
I certainly believe in paying for my education and have always done so in the past. But there is no way that Kaplan University deserves the amount of money that they are charging me.
Let’s be honest: I am 32 years old and worked as a salaried employee my whole life. The chances of me ever paying this loan off are very slim. So I will be in debt likely for the rest of my life over something that was based on a lie.
Also, the saddest part of all this is that I still did not finish my education, and with the amount of money I now owe, I simply cannot continue my education at all.
I am looking to pursue this matter to the full extent of the law. I have so much to lose, and so much I have already lost: my credit is destroyed, and the stress of this matter has caused me a deep depression. I am pleading for help on this issue. I want justice to be done so that Kaplan University does not continue to turn students into victims.
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