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University of Phoenix Lawsuits

Updated on October 23, 2013

University of Phoenix Lawsuits

The University of Phoenix has been avoiding the court room at all costs' over the past several years and admitted no wrongdoing on any of the legal cases thrown at them but they still settled the lawsuits out of court. Well, if you admit to no wrongdoing, why not go to court and tell the judge that you committed nothing wrong and prove that you are innocent? Tell us University of Phoenix, why can't you prove in court that you are innocent? Why are you avoiding the court room and just paying out settlements and saying you have done nothing wrong? Because you are GUILTY!

Here is the Wikipedia information regarding the University of Phoenix ( and all the legal battles this fraudulent company has lost. This information is taken directly from:


A 2003 federal whistle-blower/false claims lawsuit, filed by two former UOPX admission counselors, alleged the university improperly obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid by paying its admission counselors solely based on the number of students they enrolled in violation of the Higher Education Act.[22][21][53][54][55] The school counters that the lawsuit is a legal manipulation by two former university employees over a matter previously resolved with the U.S. Department of Education,[56] however the Department does not share that view.[57] UOPX's position was rejected by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in its 2006 published opinion, which reversed the Eastern California U.S. District Court's 2004 decision dismissing the lawsuit.[58][59] The lawsuit is now set for trial on March 9, 2010.[60] An October 4, 2009 Arizona Republic article reported that UOPX's parent company is engaged in talks to settle the lawsuit though no potential terms have been discussed.[52]

In 2004, as a result of the filing of the false claims lawsuit, the Department of Education performed a program review and alleged that UOPX had violated Higher Education Act provisions that prohibit distributing financial incentives to admission representatives, had pressured its recruiters to enroll students and had concealed the practices from the Department.[61] UOPX disputed the findings but paid a record $9.8 million dollar fine as part of a settlement where it admitted no wrongdoing and was not required to return any financial aid funds.[62][63][64][65] UOPX's President states that though recruiters are paid a commission based on the number of students enrolled, their compensation is not based solely on that criteria, which makes the practice legal.[23]

In January 2008, the university’s parent company, Apollo Group, Inc. was found guilty of misleading stockholders when it withheld the results of the 2004 Program Review cited above. A jury awarded $280 million to shareholders.[66][67] However, U.S. District Judge James Teilborg overturned the verdict in August 2008, ruling that though UOPX “misled the market", investors failed to prove that they were damaged by UOPX's actions.[68][69] The plaintiffs have appealed the judges decision.[70]

In 2000, government auditors found UOPX did not meet conditions for including study group meetings as instructional hours thus their courses fell short of the minimum time required for federal aid programs. The university paid a $6 million fine as part of a settlement wherein they admitted no wrongdoing. However, in 2002, the Department of Education relaxed requirements covering instructional hours.[22][21][71]

The U.S. Department of Education ordered the university to pay $650,000 for failing to promptly refund loans and grants for students who withdrew.[21]

In December 2008, three former University of Phoenix students filed a class-action complaint against UOPX alleging that when the students withdrew, UOPX returned their entire loan money to the lender and then sought repayment from them.[72] The alleged motivation was to "artificially deflate the cohort default rates", which impact a school's eligibility to receive Title IV funding.[73][74] Apollo asserts that the students claim is that Apollo "improperly returned the entire amount of the students' federal loan funds to the lender."[75] On January 21, 2009, plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice to refiling.[76]

The university has had various labor and discrimination issues. It paid $3.5 million to settle alleged violation of overtime compensation provision with the Department of Labor.[77][78] In November 2008 it agreed to pay $1.89 million to settle allegations by the EEOC for alleged religious discrimination favoring Mormon enrollment counselors.[79] In settling these matters, University of Phoenix did not admit any liability or wrongdoing.

Here's something interesting I found on Wikipedia regarding the University of Phoenix. The web site states this type of university is a "private, for-profit" university. If you type in Harvard University, Wikipedia states that Harvard is a "private" university only. Again, clearly the University of Phoenix is in it only for the profits. They want to be the one and only billion dollar for-profit private university but it looks like the lawsuits are slowly adding up. With more lawsuits being filed against the university each year, it is only a matter of time until the University of Phoenix is closed for good by court order.


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      deanna 4 years ago

      Same problems. ! Help what should I do?

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      Kelly Bryan 4 years ago

      Okay so I am reading through all of these comments and I have went through total heart break with UOP, Not to mention the 5000.00 they want from me and the creditors that are calling and threatening my family, my home my car my education and so forth. I also have documentation of missing money, this school will not issue my withdraw The held up my BA at 8 credits shy of graduation, changed documentation with out my knowledge or authority, I need to speak to a lawyer a this point I have no choice. with putting UOP on my resume I have been denied Jobs also..... I am frustrated and sad as a 40 yr old mother who really wanted to go back to school and change her life for the best is now in jeopardy of losing it all. Contact me

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      Jennen 5 years ago

      I have copies of financial records that show missing financial aide information intitling students to money. When asked about the discepency I was told I didn't need to be concerned about it. Thousands of dollars are not being distributed to students the way they should and thousands more are being suffled from one account to another. I am an accounting major although I do not know all of the tricks I recognize missing information.

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      Booney Bear 5 years ago

      I worked at UOP as an Enrollment Advisor and will to testify as to what this company did to to people. I earned my MBA for free and it is still worthless needless to say! you all are absolutely right and they are designed to hand out $50,000 pieces of paper plus interest!

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      vincel327 5 years ago

      The "university" of Phoenix ruined my credit, my chance of a REAL degree, and even cost me my home due to their shall

      we say "creative" management of my funds. There are a LOT of sites where people are wanting to join a lawsuit against them.

      I want in. I have proof directly from the "university" itself on how they've screwed me to contribute to the lawsuit.

      Does anyone actually have a lawyer working on this or are we just wasting our time here? I'm not expecting a settlement.

      I just want to be a part of any lawsuit that finally brings them down!!! But it better be quick before they file for bankruptcy.

      For those of you who don't know, the "university" of Phoenix is currently being sued by the Federal Government for various

      violations. One of their representatives stated to the New York Times that if they lose this lawsuit they will file for bankruptcy.

      Here is the web address to the New York Times article describing all of this.

      It's kind of lengthy but definitely worth the read. Especially the last paragraph which describes what their representative

      stated directly to the Supreme Court which is currently suing them. As you can see, they've been fighting this since 2007 and

      gained no ground. As a matter of fact, they're losing ground. Therefore if anyone is actually serious about this lawsuit they had

      better get started before the"university of Phoenix loses the Federal lawsuit and files for bankruptcy.

      My e-mail address is: If anyone actually has a lawyer(or is a lawyer) wanting to file a class action

      lawsuit against the "University" of phoenix, Please contact me. Like I said earlier, I actually have proof provided by the

      "university" itself on how they've not only screwed me, but violated Federal Law in the process.

      I posted this at:httpwww.pissedconsumer.comindex.phpoption=com_pissedconsumer2&Itemid=73&source_article_id=328846

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      Michael 5 years ago

      $20,000 in debt with an almost completed online AA. I found out some UN-SUCCESS stories and have even had people hang up on me when calling to inquire a resume I sent in for a job, when they found out I was with UoP. I opted out asap and joined my local community college, received grants and paid for a whole years worth of college with the amount UoP would have charged me in one quarter. My fault for passing off bad reviews as dumb students. I'd like to develop a lawsuit as well. This forum was only for pre-existing lawsuits but I bet if we get one going we could shut them down for good.

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      vincel327 5 years ago

      I really don't have anything to add that has not been covered here already. But I will say this.The "University" of Phoenix has ruined my future and has quite possibly cost me my home due to their, shall we say "creative" management of my funds. Count me in on this lawsuit. I don't expect any settlement. I'd just like to be a part of the lawsuit that shuts them down. Someone please e-mail me and let me know what I can do to help.

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      Drea 5 years ago

      I am having some problems with the university too! I am about 75% done with my associates degree and I have not received any pell grant money in eight months! Every time I call they say I didn't fill out the right form or that its because of when I enrolled or because of this or that or something else. I wrote my financial advisor and told her I wanted some explanation, she has not contacted me back. I am not happy with the university at ALL... Where is my pell grant and why are they holding it hostage? I just want to hurry up and finish my degree program and I AM DONE! Unfortunately my credits won't transfer so the best I have is a crappy two year that is not worth anything.. BAH

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      samelton4 5 years ago

      count me in as well they scammed me

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      Lekaira Clinkscales 6 years ago

      Hello Everyone,

      It is so painful to see that when we put our minds to being better individuals people such as the UOP feed us false hope and then suck us dry. I have been taking class with UOP since the begining of the year. In the begining of february they called me stating that my financial aid has not been processed and this is after my first blocks of classes have begun. Since then i have filled out countless independent and dependent verification forms and signed more than my share of it was my fault documents. No matter what i have done it is never enough. Now its may and i am facing almost 5000 dollars in debt if my mother does not sign a parent loan. Which she cannot afford to do. I am a mother and a wife and still a dependent student. They awarded me my financial aid in march only to later that week say it was a mistake and made me fill out the same paperwork again. My financial adviser AMANADA is not very handy or helpful.She never seems to know what's going on. I am pursuing a lawsuit now that they have determined that i cannot receive my full award amount. Nor will they allow me to use my student loan that i took out in order to pay for tuition. I am fed up with this back and forth and to the supervisor who is always in a meeting and never returns people phone calls. I did everything that they asked me to do. Write out statements sign a million and one papers and still nothing. 5000 dollars! They will pay that and then some for all the pain and suffering they have caused me.

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      6 years ago

      I am currently enrolled at this nightmare of a school and can't take it anymore. Ever since the beginning they have delayed and made mistake after mistake with my financial aid and that is my livelihood. They put me in severe debt and made so many transactions on my account it's difficult to tell if i actually owe the money or they overcharging me. I believe this is intentional so i cannot keep track of what they say is true or not, plus the amount of debt i owe randomly changes which i don't believe them. There is very suspicious activity with my account and I am put in an unfortunate position of finish with this school and get deeper into debt or withdrawal with the debt but not be able to finish my education.

      If there is a class action, count me in

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      Brad 6 years ago

      I cannot stand UofP. Fortunately, I only stuck around from one block of six worthless credits. Unfortunately, their financial aid practices consist of telling me that finances would be no problem, then waiting for me to be almost through with my first classes, then harassing me though very rude debt collectors that coerced me into pulling out a private loan from Sallie Mae, which has left me with over $2k in debt that keeps growing, which I am unable to pay now, and now falling victim to Sallie Mae's harassing debt collection process.

      I was so motivated to go back to school, and this whole situation completely through me off.

      If there is a suit against these guys, sign me up for sure. The hope they protray is false, and they do not belong in the education world.

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      Ryan 6 years ago

      I am having the BIGGEST problem with University of Phoenix, how do I go about being part of the lawsuit. I am very fed up with UOP!!!

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      UofP Sucks!!! 6 years ago

      I am having all sorts of trouble with University of Phoenix!!! What a JOKE to call it an education. Horrible experience and I have proof of it that I would like to submit to this lawsuit. Otherwise I may just start my own law suit, either way this place needs to be officially shut down!

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      million dollar baby 6 years ago

      I am a former student of UOP as well. I am 6 grand in debt and it has stopped me from moving forward. I want to be a part of the law suit as well. They need to be stopped!

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      Anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't even know where to begin with my experience with UOP! Out of my over 40 years of life, I have never seen such a disgusting, money-hungry, fake university that only thinks of itself and it's bottom line before anything else! The school literally ignores the needs of it's students, discriminates against students it deems undesireable and pulls every dirty trick in the book to attempt to get away with whatever unethical actions it wants. My experience though is that there is a lot of really stupid morons working at UOP who think they are smart but end up getting caught because they don't really know their job well enough to do their job, let alone get away with all the illegal and immoral crap these people create!!!! UOP has lots of money to build its brand new building in Phoenix, but when it comes to giving it's students a high quality education, UOP takes all it's tuition income and ignores the needs of its students. UOP needs to be shut down by the U.S. Government before UOP causes more damage and squanders more Federally Guaranteed Student Aid at the expense of the taxpayer!!!! Please, something needs to be done about UOP, Apollo Group and all the rest of the garbage associated with Apollo Group.

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      Lyne 6 years ago

      Please help. Had to take breaks several times due to medical problems regarding my health and family medical issues that were a prioority over completing my educlast 5 ation. Now I'm being told UOP needs me to pay over 1,000.00 dollars so I can complete my five classes. Who can lead me take legal action. I live in PA

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      Larry Cecil, (AKA Kraftwoodcabinets) 6 years ago

      My experience with UOP was between 2000 - 2006, before the economic hardship the country is currently experiencing. At that time I was still employed at small subsidiary company owned by William Beaumont Hospital, located in Royal Oak Michigan, called Beaumont Services Company. My position was as a Facilities Development Project Manager. When starting at UOP in 2000 pursuit of my BS/BA I recall all the marketing smoke they pumped into your head of how the accreditation was equal to most of the main line universities, (e.g. UOM, Central, Wayne State and more). I choose UOP based on, not only accreditation, but time required to achieve my degree. Anyone that has gone through a Bachelors program knows you work you ass off and don't have much time for anything else. UOP seems to keep you so busy that you don't have time, once starting, to investigate all the little marketing tactics they employ to get you to stay. In 2004, graduating with my BS/BA, I continued toward my MBA, as most do, still all the while being employed with my former employer. After graduating in 2006 with my MBA, I began to experience internal corporate pressure and intentional blockage by corporate king pins for advancement, eventually being laid off in 2009. Since that time I have spent thousands of hours searching for employment, attempting to leverage my experience in Healthcare Construction Project Management, and education with little to no responses for job offers. However, I do still receive offers from universities asking if I am interested in continuing my education. Ha, you've got to be kidding. Spend thousands of dollars more for another worthless piece of paper, go for nothing more than to wipe you ass with? All can say that "we are in hard times", as though we are to give universities like UOP a free pass for the corrupt, deceptive marketing tactics they employe leading to damaged lives in their wake. This UOP outfit should be forced out of business and assets sold off to reimburse the thousands whose careers and lives have been destroyed due to the miss leading and false marketing claims. I will NEVER recommend UOP to any perspective student wishing to further their education.

      Larry Cecil

      Clarkston, Michigan


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      Sila Stone 6 years ago

      I am so disappointed in this school. I cannot wait to finish up and get rid of them for good. This is my story...My Academic Advisor called me up and stated that I had missed three weeks of school. I was totally floored because I am a very diligent student. I asked him to send me the information concerning the missed classes. After reviewing the information I concluded that these people are very corrupt. I do both of my classes one after another, the other class I managed to get a C grade because I had submitted the week one assignment 1 day late, my instructor told me that I still had eight weeks to go and I could still get an A. Why did I get 9 weeks of attendance for one class and a total failure for the other when I exactly know that deep down that I attended these classes. Why would I jeopardize my time and money by not attending. My academic advisor was not helpful at all...My financial advisor did not help either. I had to pay out of pocket $1652.12 before they would let me continue school. I hate this school with a passion and cannot wait to finish up this year I am biting my tongue and doing what they tell me. I do not recommend them at all!!!!

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      kimmy 6 years ago

      I am currently struggling in school and might not be able to attend anymore since I cannot get financial aid because UOP is withhelding my official transcript. I owe sallie mae 2,400 (who was my lendor) but somehow after I stopped attending I now owe them 3k? how so when I only completed 2 stupid courses and paid in full?

      count me in on the lawsuit!

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      mtorres69 6 years ago

      I am currently enrolled in UOP and am in a very bad situation. I was about to start my bachelors program ; when they said i had 2 more classes to finish. I was mislead to believe i was done with my Associated degree; when all of a sudden i had 2 more classes to complete. Now i am unable to receive any further financial aid and am feeling pretty screwed. Is there any hope?

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      Renee 6 years ago

      I became unemployed and decided to go to UOPX as an on-line student pursuing my bachelors degree in Paralegal Program. I was placed in UOPX's Criminal Justice Program, which is gear for those in law enforcement, court employees or correction officers. I attempted to withdraw and m academic advisory withdrew me for 30 days for personal reasons. I was divorced and last filed taxes with former spouse in 2008. UOPX used our 2008 ax filing and suggested to apply for a student loan and I was not qualified for pell grant. Inquired if I would be able to pay 3k tuition. I attempted to withdraw due to CJP was not a circulum for what i was looking for. The Finanical Advisory David Johnson suggested that I go to my church for finanical assistance, go to woman's shelter to maintain an address in order to continue my classes. When I was withdrawn for the 30 days I instructed that I had to get back to 2nd 5 week period. I then received a nasty and unprofessional e-mail from Mr Johnson. He felt that he was helping me and I spit on him. UOPX is now seeking repayment of $2300 + and Wells Fargo $1300 plus. I am still unemployed and now these debts have affected my credit. I can not get housing now! I need help.

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      Carley Faulkner 6 years ago

      I too have been scammed and am fighting with the UOP over my finacial aid. Ever since I enrolled they have been dragging me around now. They have now pushed my dates of release back 5 times since June. They claim that its because my FAA is on maternity leave. I too had a baby and am a mother of 2. I see no excuse and my account says that I owe them over two thousand dollars. I would like to be part of this lawsuit. Whoever is the one that is heading it can contact me at

      Thank you.

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      Kandye 6 years ago

      I went to UOP and I withdrew from my classes because I found out they would not transfer and the quality of the classes were not good at all. I started going to another local community college and now I am trying to transfer to a local university and they say I owe money for withdrawing because they sent my money back to the lender. I cant get my transcript from them in order to go to the new college. I am trying to get other people who are having the same issue or any issue with UOP to contact me so we can fight this thing together. People are not fighting back they are just accepting what they are doing and it is not right. I read up on some lawsuits against UOP and they seem to want to settle out of court, so they know what they are doing is wrong. And yes they should be shut down. Hard-working people are trying to better themselves and they are making it hard for us. We need to stick together. Contact me at so we can get our "LIFE" back on track.

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      juaneta hurry 6 years ago

      all the problems above i have had it was horrible im all in with the lawsuit please

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      Student of Phoenix 6 years ago

      I am currently attending the university of phoenix. The finacial aid department is treacherous. I advise anyone that is thinking about attending this school not to. My pell grants come and sometimes they do not and every financial advisor I speak too gives me a different answer. They flat out lie about disbursement dates and play games with your loans/grants. I was seeking a bachleors degree but since I can receive my associates in a few months I am going to stick it out get my degree and get the hell away from these crooks as soon as I can. I plan on attending another school to get my BS I just hope they accept my credits from phoenix university. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. I hope that gets out to any future suckers oops I mean "Students" that are out there. Research the school you plan on attending first.

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      Karen Wallace 7 years ago

      I was mislead from the begining. I was told that it would only cost 15,000. I was also to be finished with classes in July 2010, until they told me I had 2 more classes to finish. I thought I had gone thus far, I was not happy but took 2 more classes. When it came to September I was supposed to graduate they told me that i did not have enough credits. At this point I told them that I quit. They told me the same thing two months ago. The quality of the classes were not what I had hope for, and most of the teachers would pass a two year old. I received the bill for the classes I took and instead of it being the 15,000, it was 28,000. I have two sons going to 4yr private colleges, that have way less gov. student loans to pay back than I do. Someone has to be able to help those of us that were taken advantage of. I want to be a part of this suit.

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      Christine B 7 years ago

      Well I beat all you, I paid for both an undergraduate degree as well as my worthless MBA. They sucker me into graduate school shortly after I graduated with my BS (it is a bunch of BS) I owe $70,000 on student loans and can't find a job because they are my university on my resume. Robert Half International told me to take it off because no one will accept me with my education. I need to get my money back so I can go to a state university and start my education all over at the age of 52. Oh how exciting. Please let me know of any lawsuits that are pending for worthless degrees.

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      Clifford_D 7 years ago

      In my predicament I am currently challenging charges against my person based on falsified charges against my account. I told them I had no desire to take a loan out if I was unsatisfied with the instruction of the school. I took 2 classes at the expense of a grant given by the government. When I completed the course I consulted with a student aid and informed them of the fact that I felt better guidance and instruction could be obtained through a local university or college so I informed them that my desire to drop their university was a must do at this point. The university had failed to inform me mandatory of information that I needed to know in the case of class withdraw. I spent my money on two classes where I completed them at a local Community College with 4.0. I decided I felt well enough to continue at the local community college so I began my enrollment for the next semester. The phoenix people told me I had been withdrawn and told the government that I owed them 2400 dollars. I then called the university and the gentleman I spoke with told me I only owed 1400 dollars. It occurred to me that they had not withdrawn me and taken an illegal action by accepting funds from government services they never rendered and cost me my funding for education. I informed them from the beginning that I was disabled and would need assistance and reminders because of my TBI. They confirmed this and said that I would receive all the assistance I needed. The first 4 weeks I received assistance and reminders. After this I wrote an instructor and didn’t receive a reply for 3 days upon which I reviewed the student rights and regulations where they violated my rights as a student. When I brought this to the student aids attention the standard reply was it may have been a technical issue. I then informed them I didn’t want to continue at this university due to lack of detailed assistance. They violated my disability civil rights and they neglected my desire to withdraw so I could continue my education towards criminal justice. I am willing to testify and appraise the courts of the encounters I have had with the University of Phoenix personnel. I am a disabled Native American who desires to achieve a goal and will inform the tribes of the country and government. I do not want money I want this criminal action brought to the attention of the people and rectified so the public doesn’t exist as a victim of the so called school. They don’t even have a dean as I was appraised of by the representatives of the school.

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      Too smart to stay at UOP 7 years ago

      I have just received a bill from a bill collector stating that I owe UOP $505.25. I have student government loans. I took one class from there and I kept waiting for weeks and weeks to start the next (because of a bunch of mess which is to long to talk about).

      I had a new counselor (or whatever they call themselves)and after I FINALLY got him to answer the phone, he gave me the run around as to when the class will start. I told him while he was waiting for the date, I was going to transfer to another university and get started with my future. I called my student loan representative and asked them not to send anymore of my money to UOP and I filled out the infor for my new school. Well, I got a bill in for 505.25 stating that they sent my tuition back because I didn't complete 4 classes there and they returned it. I told them if they wanted the money that they should have taken it out of my student loan money. It was their fault, they had the money and they sent it back. So, I don't care about suing them because it's not alot compared to these other people I see on here but I will be more than willing to share my story to help yours. Just respond back to my post and tell me how to get in touch. I will be more than willing to help anybody trying to shut these scam artist down. BTW, the ONE class I took, didn't even transfer! LOL

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      Tamala 7 years ago

      I have been screwed by UOP. I am in the hole with a $7000 bill on my account. They manipulated my pell grant and my loans and now they say I have to pay for my tuition. They are crooks and need to be handled by the goevernemnt and closed down. Count me in, my email address is

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      Brittany Fairbanks 7 years ago

      I woul like to be in on the lawsuite as well. They have really messed up my future.

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      Heather 7 years ago

      Like so many others, I too have been scammed by UOP. They sent over $4,000 back to my loan lender instead of the unused $900 and now claim I owe them money. I have repeatedly asked for debt verification of this alleged debt as well as a promissary note between myself and UOP ackowledging me as a borrower. Guess what they haven't been able to supply me with any documentation and are now ignoring my correspondence (which I send everyday via email and fax). In my opinion it is going to take a collaberate effort to take this school down. I am actively looking into what options are out there. I have been to the webpage of the Arizona Attorneys General Office. They have an online complaint form, which I think is a great start. With this many people involved how could they possibly ignore that many complaints and not begin an investigation. Plese take the time to go to this website adn file a complaint.

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      dave dio 7 years ago

      I am a student of the UOP and have had many problems with them that have sent gack money to the lender while I was attending classes, and sent me letters telling me that it was sent back due to not being in classes, while at the mean time I have had perfect attendance. know w=one could tell me why it was sent back, beside telling me that they have messed up the finaicial aid.

      I would like to join the lawsuit

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      FALAK ELHUZAYEL 7 years ago

      my name is Falak elhuzayel, I attended university of phoenix and withdrew because of the poor quality of their education, then university of phoenix sent my school tuition back to the lender without my knowledge. i earned 51 credit with university of phoenix, I was qualified for pell grant that i do not have to pay from my pocket. Now I can not go back to school before I pay for the class I withdrew from or transfer to another university. They put me on collection and messed up my credit because they claim I owe the school over $10,000 for student loan, although i was qulified for pell grant that i do not pay back. what a mess!


      Falak Elhuzayel

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      Barbara Verdin 7 years ago

      I am a freshman in my first year of college at University of Phoenix, I am unemployed, there's no reason why I am not approved for my 2009 - 2010 appeal pell grant I have sent in all the required documentation twice, other students in my class have received their pell grant funds and they are working, this issue hasn't been resolved.

      I been fighting this Appeal pell grant for 2009-2010 since May and now it is September. I can not believe all the issues, financial issues that students have file because the inappropriate funds, holding on and not releasing them.

      I was told at enrollment that I would qualify for the Financial Aid. Today 4 months later, I am told I don't qualified because the time frame for 2009 - 2010 I have to have 4 class to be approved. I thought I was attending a great and awesome school, as far as I see, no one is out for my best interested as a student.

      As per the information enclosed below, supervisor at Apollo, Daniel, stated I have to have four classes before I am approve for the pell grant, per the, does not state this. In addition, below the description of, there are numerous class action suits against University of Phoenix.

      When I call the financial aid, the person(s) does not know what to look for. I want to know how much I am being charge and if need be, I want to know if I stop going to your classes, because right now I feel I have sign up and been miss lead on the process of financial aid, that was the 2nd main reason for taking the risk to go to school.

      My career advisor told me not to worry about it, I would not have to face it now, do not look, and worry about it now, but in 4 years, I will. Yes, I am worry about how much I will have to paid, when I thought I would get the financial aid help.

      I am very disappointed.

      Barbara Verdin

      IRN 9037602190


      CFDA Number: 84.063

      Also Known As: Pell Grants; formerly called Basic Educational Opportunity Grants (BEOGs)

      Program Description

      The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post baccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student has expected family contribution (EFC) (see below); the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution); the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.

      Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

      Financial need is determined by the U.S. Department of Education using a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine the family EFC. The fundamental elements in this standard formula are the student's income (and assets if the student is independent), the parents' income and assets (if the student is dependent), the family's household size, and the number of family members (excluding parents) attending postsecondary institutions. The EFC is the sum of: (1) a percentage of net income (remaining income after subtracting allowances for basic living expenses and taxes) and (2) a percentage of net assets (assets remaining after subtracting an asset protection allowance). Different assessment rates and allowances are used for dependent students, independent students without dependents, and independent students with dependents. After filing a FAFSA, the student receives a Student Aid Report (SAR), or the institution receives an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), which notifies the student if he or she is eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and provides the student's EFC.

      FSA Handbook Federal Pell Grant Program

      Federal Pell Grants are direct grants awarded through participating institutions to students with financial need who have not received their first bachelor's degree or who are enrolled in certain post baccalaureate programs that lead to teacher certification or licensure. Participating institutions either credit the Federal Pell Grant funds to the student's school account, pay the student directly (usually by check) or combine these methods. Students must be paid at least once per term (semester, trimester, or quarter); schools that do not use formally defined terms must pay the student at least twice per academic year.

      No, this hasn't been address I am a freshman in first year of college, I am unemployed, there's no reason why I am not approved for my 2009 - 2010 appeal pell grant, other students in my class have received their pell grant funds and this issue hasn't been resolved, I will be contacting the Class Action Lawsuit Lawyer, I been fighting this Appeal pell grant for 2009-2010 since May.

      I was told at enrollment that I would qualify for the Financial Aid. Today 4 months later, I am told I do not qualify because the time frames for 2009 - 2010 because I have done one class. I thought I was attending a great school, as far as I see, no one is out for my best interested as a student.

      When I call the financial aid, the person does not know what to look for. I want to know how much I am being charge and if need be, I want to know if I stop going to your classes, because right now I feel I have sign up and been miss lead on the process of financial aid. My career advisor told me not to worry about in 4 years; yes, I am worry about how much I will have to paid, when I thought I would get the financial aid help. This has caused me a lot of stress and time getting you the paperwork.

      I am very disappointed.

      Barbara Verdin

      IRN 9037602190

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      Gena 7 years ago

      I am currently a student at UoP. I am having all sorts of issues with financial aid. My story is a long one I enrolled in August of 09 as an online student. I transferred in June this year to ground campus. Financial aid took care of the classes I took as an online student and now I am waiting to become certified for this aid year. So far, as a ground student, I have completed 2 classes and am in the 3rd week of my 3rd class. They have billed me for the 2 classes I have taken, the 1 class I am in now, and my next class, all for a total of over $4000. I have asked several times about my FA and have not received a clear answer. When I filled out the FAFSA for this aid year, I went on the FAW website and decided to manage my own funds this time. My financial aid "counselor" said that since I managed my funds, I would have to pay $4000 first and then they will certify me. I told him that I am just now managing my funds, which I have not received yet. He keeps bringing up my disbursement of January 21 which has absolutely nothing to do with this aid year. I am at my wits end and I apologize for this being so long.

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      Tiffany 7 years ago

      please contact me if you have been scammed by UOP. i have contacted a lawyer and he is wanting anyone deceived by UOP. i need you stories, please email me

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      rose 7 years ago

      wow i go there and im having problems too!

      what should i do?

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      Tiffany 7 years ago

      OMG! I am ready to hire an attorney and if there are any other syudents out there who have ben scammed by UOP, please contact someone. I justwithdrew from classes today, due to getting the run around from my "teachers", academic counselors, financial aid people. The said I needed to take out 9,000 in STUDENT LOANS and I also was approved for 5,850 in pell grants. My classes came out to 3,000 for a semester and they said I was going to end up owing money out of my own pocket for the following block of classes. I had to spend 6 weeks of my life, wasted taking their orientation all over. (i took 2 orientations at 3 weeks long) I have 2 people that I know are willing to get involved in a lawsuit. If there is anyone else out there that has been scammed by UOP or if oyu are enrolled and they are giving you the run around, or if you just have that gut feeling that something is just not right please feel free to contact me. There has to be something done to this school. If thats what oyu call it.

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      ssaffery 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      bayareagreatthing says:

      74 minutes ago

      Wow- I will post a link on my hub about college-- to warn people! Great hub- thank you for shedding the light!


      Thanks for helping me spread the word out. This for-profit business scam needs to be shut down once and for all!

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      bayareagreatthing 8 years ago from Bay Area California

      Wow- I will post a link on my hub about college-- to warn people! Great hub- thank you for shedding the light!


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