Grl sues college for tuition

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    Dec 15, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
    Talk about bullshit lawsuits.

    She went to college to boost her chances of finding a great job once she got out of school, but now that that hasn't happened, Trina Thompson wants her money back.

    Thompson, a graduate of Monroe College, is suing her school for the $70,000 she spent on tuition because she hasn't found solid employment since receiving her bachelor's degree in April, according to a published report.

    The business-oriented school in the Bronx didn't do enough to help her find a job, Thompson alleges, so she wants a refund. The college says it does plenty for grads.

    The 27-year-old information-technology student accuses the school's Office of Career Advancement for not living up to its end of the deal and offering her the leads and employment advice it promised, according to The New York Post.


    "They have not tried hard enough to help me," the beleaguered Bronx resident wrote in her lawsuit, filed July 24 in Bronx Supreme Court.

    Thompson's mother is proud of her daughter for completing her college education, but acknowledges Trina is upset that all her high hopes haven't panned out.

    The mother and daughter live together, but Trina's mother, Carol, is a substitute teacher and the only one of the two who makes any money. They're barely scraping enough together to get by, reports the Post.

    On top of her unemployment woes, Trina now faces mounting debt from student loans.

    "This is not the way we want to live our life," her mom told the paper. "This is not what we planned."

    Monroe defends its career-advice programs and is adamant that its staff assists young professionals in their careers.

    "The lawsuit is completely without merit," school spokesman Gary Axelbank told the Post. "The college prides itself on the excellent career-development support that we provide to each of our students, and this case does not deserve further consideration."

    On the school's Web site, the career program boasts that it provides free services for graduates at any point in their lives.
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    Dec 15, 2009 1:15 AM GMT
    Well presumably if she succeeded they should take back her degree....and sue her for fraud if she ever claimed otherwise in her professional career icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 15, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    I think there's more to this story. I kinda have to question how much effort she put into her job search. I think it's a little foolish for her to believe that the school would guarantee her a job. Particularly in our current crappy economy. And in the IT field. I don't think she planned her education wisely.
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    Dec 15, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    I do think this is a bullshit lawsuit to a degree, but with having education cost so much, I also think they deserve it the bad attention. I understand that college isn't a program designed to get you a job, but damn it, $70,000, wtf?!?

    Education shouldn't cost so much. It definitely shouldn't just be for the wealthy to be able to afford. This shit is ridiculous.

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    Dec 15, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    On the other hand, I've worked at a couple of colleges where they aggressively recruit any students who are capable of qualifying for federal financial aid or loans. The recruiter's only consideration is whether the college can make money on the student - not whether it's the best move for the student.

    And in a related story, a lawsuit against Western Culinary Institute in Portland has just been granted class-action status. This is one of several such organizations that charge exorbitant tuition for 6 or 12 month courses in chef training (& etc.). The paper says this one charges $41,000, and they're not the highest price one, either. The graduates have been surprised to find that this qualifies them for minimum-wage jobs that other people get by walking in off the street.

    A lot of the gay boys around here seem be falling victim to this particular scam.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/12/suit_against_portland_culinary.html
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    Dec 15, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    Funny it didn't occur to her that after she got her degree, getting a job was up to her. The other millions of college graduates seem to grasp that point.

    With this much sense of entitlement no wonder no one hired her.
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    Dec 15, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    TexDef07 saidFunny it didn't occur to her that after she got her degree, getting a job was up to her. The other millions of college graduates seem to grasp that point.

    With this much sense of entitlement no wonder no one hired her.



    haha... maybe she's been taking her Mom on her interviews.
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    Dec 15, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    MercuryMax saidI do think this is a bullshit lawsuit to a degree, but with having education cost so much, I also think they deserve it the bad attention. I understand that college isn't a program designed to get you a job, but damn it, $70,000, wtf?!?

    Education shouldn't cost so much. It definitely shouldn't just be for the wealthy to be able to afford. This shit is ridiculous.

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    Give me a break, education is available to anyone who wants it and is willing to work for it. Access to education is a right, having it be low-cost is not. Poorer students can get scholarships, work part time, take out loans etc.

    I worked 3/4 time while going to University and graduated with two degrees. My parents would have paid for it, but they raised us to be self-sufficient.

    Life is about accountability and being responsible for yourself. My background as a child was probably more advantaged than some, however, my father was the youngest of 3, raised by a widowed mother in the 1940/50s. He worked his ass off to become an Engineer all on his own, no govt support. His example has spawned 4 educated (2 professional level) children. Not all people should go to University. But those WANT to, can.

    With work comes with reward.
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    Dec 15, 2009 2:33 AM GMT
    I read the story since last month. My former co-worker went to Monroe but he graduated and never found a job. He is still in the company that I left years ago.
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    Dec 15, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
    Hmmm...makes me wonder if I could sue my school because they allowed me to change my major to many times so I still haven't graduated!
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    Dec 15, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
    Whether you choose to get an education or not, you should examine what skills give you a competitive advantage in this global market. Being in university myself, I can understand why she wants her money back; however, she doesn't realize what she has earned: a degree.

    I am not too sure how Canadian universities operate in comparison to the United States, but, what I can say is that students are responsible for securing themselves a job. The school definitely recommends various sources for a job after university/college via co-op work terms, advertising with the work force, or employing and directly working with a particular company.

    I can relate to her stress in this situation, but as the newspaper wrote, she hasn't found solid employment. Needless to say, I am sure the school aided in her pursuit for a job, however, she may not posses the skills required by the employer. In my opinion, instead of suing her college, she should either find another secure job, or go back and complete another college/university program.
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    Dec 15, 2009 9:38 AM GMT
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    MercuryMax saidI do think this is a bullshit lawsuit to a degree, but with having education cost so much, I also think they deserve it the bad attention. I understand that college isn't a program designed to get you a job, but damn it, $70,000, wtf?!?

    Education shouldn't cost so much. It definitely shouldn't just be for the wealthy to be able to afford. This shit is ridiculous.

    Vote for Me, MercuryMax, future world leader. Thank you. Come again.


    Give me a break, education is available to anyone who wants it and is willing to work for it. Access to education is a right, having it be low-cost is not. Poorer students can get scholarships, work part time, take out loans etc.

    I worked 3/4 time while going to University and graduated with two degrees. My parents would have paid for it, but they raised us to be self-sufficient.

    Life is about accountability and being responsible for yourself. My background as a child was probably more advantaged than some, however, my father was the youngest of 3, raised by a widowed mother in the 1940/50s. He worked his ass off to become an Engineer all on his own, no govt support. His example has spawned 4 educated (2 professional level) children. Not all people should go to University. But those WANT to, can.

    With work comes with reward.



    Thats all fine and dandy, and I agree that suing the school is bullshit. However, I still think that the costs are ridiculous and should be criticized. And sure, scholarships are available, thats great news if you knew about stuff like that and how to get them. When I went through school, they didn't tell us anything about that. And what made it worse was the fact that I'm the first line in my family to get through high school without dropping out. Pathetic, i know. I didn't know anything about college or grants or scholarships. No one taught me about it all.

    As for getting a loan. Loans should be for things like cars and houses and businesses. Not an education. Education shouldn't be so hard to come
    by. And yea, poorer students can work part time, while struggling to fight with bills, pay for books, go to class, pay tuition, while the wealthier just skate on by with having ample time to study, drink, relax.

    Obviously, doing it in the ways that you have given is completely possible. I know tons of people who have taken that route. Worked hard and come out with a degree. And I do agree with a good work ethic, which with hard work comes the reward. However, I still don't think paying for college should be the challenge, I think making the grade should be. So, why don't you GIVE ME A BREAK.