For-profit colleges under fire in wake of fraud lawsuit

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Three former students of a for-profit college in Utah are now suing the school, claiming they were misled about the cost and the ability to transfer credits to other schools.

"They tell you whatever they can to get you to enroll with them and get your money, but after that they don't care," said plaintiff Chelsi Miller.

Miller went to Everest College seeking an associate's degree in surgical technology. Once she graduated and applied to the University of Utah medical school, however, she found out her credits did not transfer. That left her buried in $30,000 worth of student loan debt with nothing to show for it.

Miller claims in a class action lawsuit that Everest College committed fraud by lying about what she'd get from the school.

For its part, Everest College contends it has a clear policy about what prospective students are told when they enroll.

This isn't the first time for-profit colleges have come under fire, leaving some wondering whether the schools are saddling students with too much debt.

The Deseret News took an in-depth look at for-profit colleges and how they work. Watch the video for a Q&A with Paul Koepp, the author of the report, or CLICK HERE to read the entire piece.

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