On Wednesday, the Biden administration stepped up its scrutiny against a Christian college in Arizona when the Federal Trade Commission announced a lawsuit against the school alleging “false advertising.”
The FTC is targeting Grand Canyon University in Arizona, the nation’s largest Christian school, with a lawsuit against the school, its marketer Grand Canyon Education, Inc., and its president CEO Brian Mueller, alleging that they perpetrated false advertising and conducted illegal telemarketing practices, according to Fox Business Network.
In a complaint filed in federal court, the FTC says that GCU and GCE told prospective students that the total tuition cost of GCU’s “accelerated” doctoral programs was equal to the cost of just 20 courses (or 60 credits),” the agency said in its news release.
“In reality, the school requires that almost all doctoral students take additional ‘continuation courses’ that add thousands of dollars in costs. The U.S. Department of Education reported that fewer than 2% of GCU doctoral program graduates completed their program within the cost that GCU advertises, and almost 78% of these students take five or more continuation courses,” the FTC added.
“Grand Canyon deceived students by holding itself out as a non-profit institution and misrepresenting the costs and number of courses required to earn doctoral degrees,” said Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “We will continue to aggressively pursue those who seek to take advantage of students.”
The agency said the college, which has 25,800 in-person students and another 92,000 online, is violating the FTC Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule, and is asking the U.S. District Court in Arizona to force the school to compensate students and to force the school to change its policies to stop the school “from further violations of the law.”
The latest filing against the school comes on the heels of a massive $37.7 million fine imposed by the Department of Education on Oct. 31.
According to the Office of Federal Student Aid, Grand Canyon misled around 7,500 doctoral students about the costs of tuition with deceptively low rates in advertisements.
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Source: The Gateway Pundit