One of Everest College's student parking lots.
If you were a student at Everest College in Bremerton, WA, then you might want to contact your state Attorney General ASAP—you might be eligible to have your remaining loans canceled or have the money you already paid refunded.
The Department of Education is in the process of contacting 5,700 former students who took out federal loans between 2011 and 2014 to attend the schools once owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. such as Everest College. During this time period, investigators have found that Corinthian misrepresented its post-graduation employment rates for certain programs.
Maila Bautista is one example of a student who believes she was deceived by Everest College. After borrowing $15,000 to attend Everest and graduating in November 2009, the former medical billing student worked as a receptionist in a doctor’s office leading up to the continuation of her career at Walmart.
She got the position without any of the job placement help Everest originally promised, and it wasn’t the career she expected. As mentioned before, she’s at Walmart, where she worked before attending Everest, and is paying $120 each month toward her loan according to KitsapSun.
In summer of 2014, when Everest schools went up for sale, Bremerton enrollment the prior year was 212 students. Around two-thirds of those enrolled between 2009-2012 finished, and about two-thirds of those worked in the fields they trained in, earning an average of $13.56 per hour.
Everest schools continue to operate in Tacoma and Everett, and are now owned by Zenith Education Group, a nonprofit, which took over the Corinthian properties in February 2015. Since taking over the schools, Zenith instituted widespread changes, according to a statement from its president, Peter J. Taylor. Changes included reducing tuition by 20 percent and reforming curriculum as well as the admissions processes.
Former students who want information on their eligibility should call the U.S. Department of Education hotline at 855-279-6207.
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