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Mallory Heiney, a former licensed practical nursing student at Everest College in Grand Rapids, has traced in a Washington Post editorial the path that took her from what she thought was a "high-quality program that I could finish quickly" to being "deeply in debt for an education that fell far below my expectations."  She explains how this journey caused her to become a member of a group of former students at Corinthian College schools that are now refusing to pay federal and private student loans as "the Corinthian 15."In her article, Ms. Heiney recounts in part:
"During the enrollment process, I explained to an Everest financial adviser that I could not afford to make loan payments while attending school. I was reassured that I would not be required to repay my loans until after I graduated. He quickly signed me up for federal and privately held loans. By graduation, I owed more than $24,000. Two months into my program, I received my first loan bill. That’s when I learned that I was expected to pay the interest on my private loan debt while in school. Soon I was selling my plasma twice a week to buy groceries and make my interest-only payments.The program also lacked the quality I had been promised by Everest’s admissions staff. Classes consisted mostly of teachers reading aloud from books. After I earned my degree, I did not have the knowledge I needed to pass the state licensing exam. I eventually passed it by spending hours researching the test questions online and watching YouTube videos."



 


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