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Student Loan Truth: Ollie’s New England Institute of Art Story | Blog

The New England Institute of Art promised Ollie Venezia flexible class schedules, 1-on-1 support, quality internship placements, and post-graduation career help. What they got was something else entirely. What they got was almost $200,000 of student loan debt – and an invoice instead of a diploma on graduation day. This is Ollie’s story.

Student Loan Truth: Blake’s Art Institute Story | Blog

After personal loss made him take another look at his life, Blake Baron decided to invest in his future and pursue a degree in graphic design at the Art Institute. But he quickly realized that the time he invested in the program and the money he was spending wasn’t worth the terrible education he was getting. Even after leaving the school without a degree, he still owes over $30,000 in federal loans.  

“We’re Not Taking This Lying Down” Jen’s Student Loan Truth | Blog

As a first generation Latina and the first in her family to go to college, Jennifer Lezan thought she was working toward a better future when she attended the Art Institute in Chicago in 2006. She never imagined that nearly 15 years later, she’d be fighting back against a massive student debt burden after attending the notorious predatory for-profit school.

My Student Loan Truth: Nicole’s Art Institute Story | Blog

Nicole Edgar Sereno had always been interested in an art career. So when a recruiter from the Art Institute came to her high school, she jumped at the chance to pursue a career in animation. It wasn’t until she started looking for jobs after graduating that she realized they had been lying to her all along.

Student Loan Truth: Chelsea’s Art Institute Story | Blog

After her 8 years in the Army, Chelsea Mack wanted to pursue her passion in fashion design and enrolled in the Art Institute of Seattle. She soon realized that her education wasn’t the prestigious one she was promised. Now, she wants the Art Institute of Seattle to be held accountable, but it shut down in 2019.

My Student Loan Truth: Shaun’s Art Institute Story | Blog

Secretary DeVos’s new Borrower Defense rules will gut important protections for students cheated by for-profit colleges. The rules would impose near-impossible standards for defrauded students seeking their rights to loan cancellation, a process that the Department has already made incredibly difficult for students like Shaun Joyce.

My Student Loan Truth: Jared’s South University Story | Blog

When the Dream Center chain collapsed, thousands of students were left stranded and scammed of education. Jared Russell was one of them.

My Student Loan Truth: Lyndsie’s Art Institute Story | Blog

Lyndsie attended the Art Institute of California, where she was pressured into signing up for a design program and significant student loans. She soon realized that the school was a “joke” and her degree was worthless.

Student Loan Truth: Jessica’s Art Institute Story | Blog

I’m beyond disappointed about the fact that the government isn’t doing anything to stop these schools from defrauding students in the first place. The fact that there is no protection for a vulnerable 21 year old signing a loan for the first time and being taken advantage of isn’t fair or responsible. You shouldn’t need a lawyer to be able to go to college.

Servicers Are Wrongly Denying Closed School Discharges to Art Institute of Phoenix Students. Why? | Blog

Borrowers are eligible for a closed school discharge as long as they didn’t complete their program or transfer credits to a comparable program and were enrolled within 120 days of the schools’ closure date—in this case, December 14, 2018.