A consumer class-action lawsuit was filed against the for-profit college, Capella University. The Capella University Class Action lawsuit alleges that the school was operating a bait and switch doctoral degree program. Specifically, the Capella University Lawsuit claims that the university misleadingly represented the time and cost it would take its doctoral students to complete a degree at the university when, according to the suit, the Capella University designed the doctoral programs to take longer than it promised students.
The Capella University class action complaint alleges that Capella University essentially operated a “bait and switch” program. The bait was displayed when Capella’s marketing materials and recruiters misled prospective and current students making misleading statements about the time to completion and cost of their mostly student-loan financed doctoral degrees: Plaintiff Wright was told her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree would take two years and cost approximately $35,000, and Plaintiff Kennedy was told that PhDs in Education or Doctoral Degrees in Education would cost approximately $45,000-$55,000 and take three to three-and-a-half years to complete. Capella’s marketing materials, recruiters, and student handbooks (upon information and belief all prepared and/or located in Minnesota) also reassured prospective students that after their doctoral course work, colloquium, and/or field hours were completed, they would be awarded a doctoral degree. Capella doctoral students signed up for the program and completed their classes, colloquium, and/or field hours. Once the doctoral students were committed, having invested significant amounts of time and money in the program completing their coursework, problems began. Instead of completing the promised doctoral degree program requirements and being awarded a doctoral degree in the advertised time, Capella employed the “switch.” Capella created an endless routine of hurdles and benefitted from additional tuition payments. Students who believed they were getting ever closer to obtaining their doctoral degree were in fact stuck with decreasing resources, faculty turnover, disorganization and a lack of oversight, all of which increased the length of the doctoral students’ enrollments at Capella.
A full copy of the Capella University Lawsuit is below:
Editor’s note on the Capella University Class Action Lawsuit:
This piece is written about the recent Capella University Lawsuit. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
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For your reference, the case can be found under the title: Wright et al v. Capella Education Company and Capella University, Inc., Case No. 18-cv-1062, D. MN.