What can be done about a case of misrepresentation by a for-profit college?

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What can be done about a case of misrepresentation by a for-profit college?

My for-profit college recently sold me on enrollment based on the assurance that my degree would transfer to any of the listed universities that they had articulation agreements with. Upon partial completion of the program, I submitted an application to these universities. The responses were conclusive, none of them would accept my credits. Can this be submitted as a legal/ criminal complaint to the BBB for misrepresentation?

Asked on June 11, 2015 under General Practice, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The BBB has no legal power or authority to give you compenation or get your money back, so if you want to do more than simply file a complaint, you'd need to consider brining a lawsuit. To win a lawsuit for fraud, you'd have to be able to show that *at the time* they made the representation, they knew or reasonably should have known that this statement, which is an important or material one upon which you would have reasonably relied, was false. If it became false later (e.g. at the time you enrolled, the degree or credits would have been accepted; but something changed after that, so that it would not be), that would not be fraud, since in that event, it was not a lie or misrepresentaton when made.


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