Former Student Says Corinthian College Left Her With A 'Useless Degree' And $40,000 In Debt

06/15/2015 03:03 pm ET | Updated Jun 16, 2015

The U.S. Department Of Education announced this month it would offer debt relief to defrauded students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges -- a move that Everest College graduate Latonya Suggs views with skepticism.

Suggs, who graduated from Everest College, one of the many Corinthian's many affiliate institutions, says she left the school without viable job prospects due to the "poor" quality of education she received there and the lack of career services.

"After I graduated in 2014, there was no placement. They didn't help me," Suggs said. "And then when I called them to get help, they referred me to jobs that pay $9 an hour, which was like entry level. So I basically owe $40,000 for a useless degree."

Suggs said she had no idea of the institution's troubled past when she enrolled into her program, but she saw red flags once she started attending classes.

"When I did get into college and I was in there, I just started feeling like they just didn't care about us. I mean, they were passing people for absolutely no reason at all," Suggs said. "So that's what made me think this is a scam. This is a fraud. So I just started doing more research and I dug a little deeper, and that's when I found out everything about the fraudulent charges that they had against them."

Although the Education Department has pledged to relieve the debts of students like Suggs, the program makes student apply for loan forgiveness on a individual basis, a process that would require "legal savvy and documents, including transcripts, that could be difficult to obtain," The Atlantic reported.

Suggs still isn't satisfied.

"It's definitely not enough. They're just trying to portray to the media that they're trying to help us, but doing an individualized process will not help because we can't afford lawyers. We don't have jobs, let alone afford a lawyer. So how can we gather up all this evidence to prove that we were [defrauded]," she said. "They should just discharge the debt. They know what's going on. They know this school is a scam. They know there's thousands of people who don't have jobs in their field, or who feel like their college education was very poor. The Department of Education knows these things. They're just basically pouring salt in our wounds."

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