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Scenario 1

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The admissions representative told the undercover applicant that if she failed to pass the college’s required assessment test, she can continue to take different tests until she passes.

x

The admissions representative did not tell the graduation rate when asked directly. Instead, she stated many students have graduated from the program recently. The college’s Web site also did not provide the graduation rate.

x

Undercover applicant was required to take a 12-minute admittance test but was given over 20 minutes because the test proctor was not monitoring the student.

Scenario 2

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Undercover applicant was encouraged by a financial aid representative to change the FAFSA to falsely increase the number of dependents in the household in order to qualify for a Pell Grant.

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The financial aid representative was aware of the undercover applicant’s inheritance and suggested he take out the maximum in student loans.

x

The career representative told the undercover applicant that getting a job is a “piece of cake” and then told the applicant that she has graduates making $120,000 - $130,000 a year. This is likely the exception; according to the BLS 90 percent of architectural and civil drafters make less than $70,000 per year.

College information and degree sought

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AZ - 4-year, owned by publicly traded company

Associate’s Degree – Paralegal

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CA – less than 2-year, privately owned

Certificate – Computer Aided Drafting

94%

96%

84%

Students receiving Pell Grantsa

Students receiving federal loansa

57%

83%

Scenario 2

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Financial aid representative estimated federal aid eligibility without the undercover applicant’s reported $250,000 in savings to see if applicant qualified for more financial aid. The representative informed the applicant he was ineligible for any grants.

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Admissions representative misrepresented the length of the program by telling the undercover applicant that the 96 credit hour program would take 2 years to complete. However, she only provided the applicant a first year cost estimate for 36 credit hours. At this rate it would take more than 2.5 years to complete

Graduation ratea

Encouragement of fraud, and engagement in deceptive, or otherwise questionable behavior

Not reported

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