Should students have to pay off debt for attending a for-profit college which lied to them? U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says no. The now-closed Corinthian College chain had schools in Illinois, branded as Everest College. Unlike students at the shuttered schools, Illinois students can’t discharge their debt from the chain because those campuses were sold, not closed, though Durbin says they should have that opportunity.
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“The students still at Everest College should also have the same chance to be able to walk away from the debt they incurred at what turned out to be a worthless education,” Durbin said.
Everest Colleges are still open in Bedford Park, Burr Ridge, Melrose Park, and Skokie. Durbin says like other Corinthian College schools, Everest has deceived students with phony job placement statistics and by offering degrees which aren’t recognized by many employers.
One former Everest student, Jennifer Rajon, says the school’s career advisors never helped her, and were actually looking for jobs for themselves. She says all her Everest diploma has given her is $17,000 in student loan debt.
“I believe that once (employers) see Everest on my resume, they just throw it out,” Rajon said.