Mar 15 2019

Capella University Lawsuit

Capella is not the only one doing this, but they are the latest to get slapped with a lawsuit from students standing up to this bait-and-switch style degree fee. It is alleged that Capella University lied about time and the cost of advanced degrees. Basically they tell you it will be 3 years for your doctorate or PhD. Even if they tell students it will be approximately 3 years, most will get well over that estimate. Each extra term costs the student somewhere between $4200 and $5000 depending on the discount given.

The doctorate degree will require a dissertation and that is the grey area used to keep extending the students time. The student will write chapters 1 through 3 and get a final approval from their mentor and 2 other instructors just to have it shot down over and over again in the Scientific Merit Review (SMR). One would think that after several iterations and approval by 3 Capella staff who have terminal degrees, the paper would make it swiftly through SMR. This is usually not the case. Then the Instrument Review Board (IRB) can be very painful according to some students. Capella uses an antiquated system for IRB review and will often send the paper back for very minor issues (box not checked or typo). These items could quickly be fixed by just calling the student, but the school makes more money if it is kicked back. Once kicked back, it could take another week or more of the students time. This can happen more than once.

Here is the write up from another site:

The Capella University Lawsuits

Capella University has been hit by numerous lawsuits in recent years, which opens the school up to claims from people attempting to discharge their loans via the Borrower’s Defense to Repayment Program.

The lawsuits make Capella uniquely eligible for BDAR Discharges because they include accusations that the school violated Federal laws and committed fraud against potential students, which is exactly what the Federal Government is required to receive a Borrower’s Defense Discharge.

None of the lawsuits are good news for Capella, but the worst is probably the one brought against them by a police pension fund that claimed Capella used “abusive and fraudulent recruiting and financial aid lending practices” in order to increase both their revenue and the price of their stock.

However, the police union isn’t the only group going after the school in court, as other former students have claimed that Capella strung them along regarding the quality of their PhD work not because it was bad work, but in order to keep their tuition money flowing for as long as possible.

And keep in mind that this is just a very small sample of the legal troubles Capella University has found itself embroiled in. If you do a quick Google search, you might find that Capella University and the word “lawsuit” go hand in hand.