Surrogate Patricia Egan Jones being sworn in for another term at Camden County Superior Court.
Former students of a for-profit career academy in New Jersey are currently suing the school for misrepresenting its curriculum as well as the potential income of its graduates, according to App.com.
The lawsuit, filed by five women in Superior Court in Camden County, alleges that Star Career Academy charged tens of thousands of dollars in fees without delivering the services they promised. In addition, students watched movies and TV or went to unrelated field trips instead of receiving instruction, and the school did nothing when an instructor was accused of harassment.
The school, which was located in the town of Brick, was supposed to train students for careers as surgical technicians before it suddenly shut down in November. Each of the plaintiffs stated that they each accrued student loan debt totaling $21,000, unaware that the school was misleading students about the need for new technicians and inflating the pay wage by more than $10 per hour.
This isn’t the first time Star Career Academy has faced legal woes. In 2015, a Camden County court ordered the school to pay $9.2 million to over 1,000 students, saying the academy's program misrepresented its accreditation.
The plaintiffs are seeking full reimbursement of tuition, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys' fees.
Whether they win the case or not, the plaintiffs are likely to find help in some form. Under the Department of Education’s “borrower defense to repayment” student loan forgiveness rule, borrowers who were misled by schools may have their loans forgiven if the department finds substantial evidence – which seems to be the case with Star Career Academy.
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