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  • Submitted: Sat, March 31, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, November 13, 2012

  • Reported By: Kristine — Milwaukee Wisconsin United States of America
Kaplan University
Kaplan University 6301 Kaplan University ave FL Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States of America

Kaplan University Unlawful dismissal 3 weeks before graduation 2012: GPA 3.65 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Did you try...?

*Consumer Comment: Ouch - some of these comments have been a bit too harsh.

*Consumer Comment: Low income doesn't mean hardship!

*Author of original report: Repay my loan for sure, no problem

*Consumer Comment: You are correct!

*Consumer Comment: Whether you decide to default or not is a business decision

*Consumer Comment: Where did you get the idea that you don't have to repay your loans just because you couldn't graduate with a degree?

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I started Kaplan University online degree program on April of 2009, so three years later it ends up with a unlawful dismissal on March 17, 2012 just 3 weeks before graduation with a GPA of 3.65. The three years at Kaplan was never a challenge for me because I believe that the classes are designed for less intelligent students that want a degree and not have to work hard at it. My dismissal was over a disagreement with the Professor and a student onthe discusson board. The advisors and deans and the professor niether gave me the courtesy of a phone call which is a major problem throughout the years of my education and also I see it in other Kaplan ripoff reports as well. I believe after this experience students should do research on the University they choose. I am currently searching for an "Educational Attorney" to take and review my case. Kaplan University is under investigation by the Department of Education right now for using low income students as pawns for grasping government loans and dismissing students frauding them which results in students defaulting on the loans within a 2 year period. Kaplan I feel in a short order Kaplan is going to be looked at by the government and brought to trial with all the class action lawsuits being brought to them by students past and present. The Washington Post is affiliated with Kaplan as well. If I do not get my money back or get reinstated I will default my loan as well and Kaplan will pay for this big mistake after all I cannot pay for a government loan without a degree attached to it "No Brainer" Anyone who has a similar  complaint please contact me.


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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Did you try...?

AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

Hi 

     As an ex-employee I know how you feel.  They do some crazy things and never blink an eye.  What they do is when there is an issue they pass out list of reply's that they are allowed to say.  Never expect it to be the truth, because they usually are not.    You need to do what you think is right in your heart.

     I am now going to Kaplan on a scholarship  due to that last big lay off.  
This year they have decided to keep my Pel Grant!  I only work part time and really need the money to buy food.  

 I have contacted the ruling agency over Kaplan and still waiting.  Call  or email    
TRY THIS http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov 
I dont know why that didnt post my rip off
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#2 Consumer Comment

Ouch - some of these comments have been a bit too harsh.

AUTHOR: Steve - (USA)

Come on - the OP was trying to better herself by getting an education. The fact that she was doing it after 30 years in the workforce makes it all the more impressive. In fact, at her age I can even see it being smarter to go there rather than a "real" university, given schedules and whatnot. And frankly, Kaplan is easier than a "real" university, and thus more likely that one will not have to drop out. 

There are enough posts on here by the ignorant and lazy that blame everyone else for their problems (even blaming bill collectors for going after them!) that anyone who tries to focus on themselves should be commended.

To Kristine - if you were truly 3 weeks before graduation, the most important thing for you to do is to GET THAT DEGREE. This is going to mean a little swallowing of your pride, but now is the time to think business, not pride. What I would do is crank up your acting abilities, contact Kaplan, and "admit" you were wrong, apologizing profusely. I don't care if they said 2+2=5 and you disputed that; tell them how wrong you were when you claimed 2+2=4. Apologize to the professor, fellow student, whatever. Humbly ask those two to tell Kaplan that you have been "forgiven". Do this no matter how rude they are to you. It is that important. Keep in mind that you will have to do this sort of thing sometimes in your career if you want to make more money anyway. I wish you the best of luck. 
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#3 Consumer Comment

Low income doesn't mean hardship!

AUTHOR: MovingForward - (USA)

You haven't done your research regarding student loans and hardship requirements. Your evidence of low income is not an indicator of a hardship. Look up case law and see what has happened with student loans even with a true, documentable hardship.

If your attorney is telling you that you qualify for a discharge of the student loans due to your low income, then he is mistaken. Do the research yourself so you can save yourself some money and some time. The attorney has nothing to lose. You do have something to lose.

If you are as smart as you think you are, then go out and get a real job. If you are not qualified, then get a real education instead of taking the easy way out. It's a shame that you already wasted 30 years - its time for you to grow up already.
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#4 Author of original report

Repay my loan for sure, no problem

AUTHOR: Kristine - (United States of America)

Yes I have to say this has been one unhappy experience, I am waiting for the day and I feel it will come shortly with all this scuttle butt about the "Case of the Crooked Kaplan" will come to head and there is going to be a mass flood of students filing lawsuits so bad it will make national news. In repaying the loan no Problem I will have the lawyer handle this and I will prove hardship which I am experiencing now make less than $1400.00 per month, so let the chips fall where they may Say La Ve" Another lesson learned in life I am grateful to the knowledge that I have leaned over the 30 years and I truly know how to handle it.Let the Lawsuits begin!!! Folks!
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#5 Consumer Comment

You are correct!

AUTHOR: Robert - (USA)

so three years later it ends up with a unlawful dismissal on March 17, 2012 just 3 weeks before graduation with a GPA of 3.65. The three years at Kaplan was never a challenge for me because I believe that the classes are designed for less intelligent students that want a degree and not have to work hard at it.

You are absolutely correct-you seem to fit their target demographic to a "T".
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#6 Consumer Comment

Whether you decide to default or not is a business decision

AUTHOR: Steve - (USA)

If the amount is so high that you are willing to get a ding on your credit in exchange for not paying it, go for it. But as the other poster said, make a logical decision, not an emotional one. Keep in mind that defaulting will not hurt Kaplan one bit, since they already got paid. 
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#7 Consumer Comment

Where did you get the idea that you don't have to repay your loans just because you couldn't graduate with a degree?

AUTHOR: MovingForward - (USA)

I am no fan of Kaplan University or any of the for profit schools that prevail online today. As far as I can tell, the business model for these types of schools is designed to capture as many students as possible without really teaching them anything. If you are looking for a real education, you are better off going to your local university or even a local community college rather than paying for an "online education".

Having said the above, your choice to borrow money to attend any school is a separate decision from the university or college you attend; online or not. You chose to borrow the money. It is your responsiblity to repay the funds. You will destroy your credit if you don't repay on time and in full. Student loans are non-dischargeable in bankruptcy and the lenders know it. If you default on your payments then the loans accrue large amounts of interest and fees. You will take your current situation and turn it into something much worse if you don't repay your student loans. 

I think its a good idea to pursue any legal remedies you have against Kaplan University, but don't lump in your obligation to repay your loans or you will lose any credibility you have against Kaplan. You borrowed the money, it's up to you to pay it back.  Approach this issue with logic and not emotions.  
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