Calvillo Manriquez v. DeVos

#StudentLoanTruth

“I went to Everest because I had been a bartender my whole life, and it seemed like the best way to get new opportunities and a better job. When I learned about the fraud at Corinthian Colleges from the attorney general, I was relieved when I found my program would be eligible. I thought my loans were definitely going to be cancelled, and I wouldn’t have to worry about them anymore. My credit would finally be better and I would be able to get a fresh start. This was not the case. Instead the Department of Education stole my tax refund in 2019. I was planning to use the refund for rent, and losing it put me in a hole that I can’t get out of. I got evicted about one month after the government took my tax refund and have been homeless ever since.” Julie D., Princeton, Indiana

We were overcharged and undereducated and then Everest left us high and dry. We are good people. We are hardworking, middle class people who don’t get involved in politics. I was poor my whole life and didn’t want my family to put up with the same thing. And here I am, 6 years later with nothing to show for my education and a lot of wasted time. As a single mom, you don’t have time to waste or money to spare. When they took my returns I was devastated. There is time lost, pain endured, and decisions made that can never be recovered. I know DeVos would say ‘this is not a lot of money,’ but having this money was what made my world spin, and not having it caused it all to come crashing down.” Andrea S., Decatur, MI

“I had to pay debt I had acquired from court/lawyer fees from my daughter’s custody battle. I only go shopping once a year where I can afford to buy myself a few articles of clothing for myself and my daughter.” Melissa G., Victorville, CA

"I am still having extreme difficulty enrolling in school and moving on with my life because these loans keep holding me back. I recently had to drop the program I was enrolled in because I was not able to get financial aid because of these loans. I am still being told that I owe them money." Natalie S., Oak Lawn, IL

“I was looking to buy a vehicle and invest in a family business. I was in housing court. I had to miss time from work and was threatened eviction and that sent me into depression” Kenya V., New York, NY

“While at Everest College I thought I was learning skills that would qualify me for an above minimum wage job in the medical field.  After I graduated Everest College did not get me even one interview. I was determined to find work, and when I eventually found a job in a real estate office, I was devastated when the Department of Education started garnishing my wages. As a result of having my wages garnished, I could no longer afford both my car and rent payment. I had to choose to either pay my car loan to keep my car, which I need for work. I chose to pay my car loan and as a result was evicted in November of 2018. The Department of Education should not have forced me into that position. I was working, I earned those wages. The education I received was worthless, however, the financial strain of the student debt follows me to this day.Naquasha J., Maywood, IL

“I started attending Everest right after finding a place to live for me and my children. I was painted a picture of rescue and refuge in a career that would save me and my children from poverty, as long as I put in hard work. I lost my brother-in-law to suicide two months after I joined Everest and wasn’t able to make his funeral. I was threatened to be dropped. Having the garnishment on my check made me relive everything we had been through. It reminded me of where I was at during that time of my life. I desperately pushed through and had absolutely nothing to show for it. I know if my wages hadn’t been garnished, I would have a new reliable car, and no stress due to trying to feed my children over paying my bills or registration. My daughter would’ve had her sweet 16, the very most important milestone in a young woman’s life.” Arleen A., Fontana, CA