Grand Canyon University (GCU) has been slapped with a jaw-dropping $37.7 million fine by the Department of Education. The explosive accusations accuse the Christian school of deception, conning thousands of students out of their money.

Department of Education Drops the Hammer

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In a shocking announcement, the Department of Education declared that GCU faces a record-setting fine for alleged deception. 

Dire Consequences Loom

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The accusations center around GCU misleading thousands of students regarding the cost of their doctoral programs, and the consequences are nothing short of staggering.

GCU Accused of Deceiving Thousands of Students

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The Department of Education didn’t mince words when it revealed its findings and accused the prominent institution, known for its size and its Christian ethos.

Damning Deception From Christian College

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GCU lied about the actual cost of its doctoral programs, resulting in an unbelievably colossal fine.

$37.7 Million Penalties for GCU

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The fine that GCU is now facing is nothing short of mind-boggling. A whopping $37.7 million is the price the university must pay for its alleged deception. 

What Did GCU Do?

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The Department of Education claims that GCU misled over 7,500 students about the true cost of its doctoral programs. But what exactly did GCU do to merit such a massive fine?

Liar, Liar, Tuition on Fire

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According to the Department of Education, a shocking 98% of students who enrolled in GCU’s doctoral programs paid significantly more than the advertised cost. 

A Long Time Coming

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The alleged deception dates back to 2017, when GCU told prospective students that their programs cost between $40,000 and $49,000.

Thousands Misled

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The impact of GCU’s alleged deception is widespread. It’s reported that more than 7,500 students were affected by this troubling situation. 

Dreams Come Slamming Down

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Their dreams of affordable education may have been shattered, and the consequences are far-reaching.

98% of Students Pay More Than Advertised!

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Perhaps the most shocking revelation in this scandal is that a staggering 98% of students found themselves paying considerably more than what GCU had initially advertised, a complete betrayal of trust.

Cops Weigh In

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Richard Cordray, the Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, declared, “GCU lied about the cost of its doctoral programs to attract students to enroll.” 

GCU Accused of Harming Students

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The FSA is taking the matter very seriously, emphasizing that GCU’s deceit has harmed students, shattered their trust, and left them with unexpectedly high levels of student debt.

“GCU Lied About the Cost of its Doctoral Programs!”

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The accusations are not being taken lightly by the FSA. In a strongly worded statement, Cordray said, “GCU lied about the cost of its doctoral programs to attract students to enroll.” 

FSA Vows to Protect Students and Taxpayers

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The FSA is committed to holding GCU accountable for its alleged actions. According to Cordray, “Today, we are holding GCU accountable for its actions, protecting students and taxpayers, and upholding the integrity of the federal student aid programs.”

Continuation Classes Explanation Rejected

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GCU attempted to defend its actions by asserting that there were disclosures regarding the possibility of higher costs due to continuation classes. 

A Flat Rejection

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The Department of Education flatly rejected this explanation, arguing that this information was buried in documents and did not adequately cover the “substantial misrepresentations regarding cost.”

GCU to Inform Students How to Report Violations

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As part of the Department of Education’s demands, GCU will now be responsible for informing its current students about the process for reporting violations and concerns to the federal government.

Denials and Accusations of Retaliation!

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GCU, however, is not taking these allegations lying down. In a bold statement, the university denied all the accusations and condemned the administration’s stance. 

GCU’s Assertion of Transparency

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“GCU does not mislead or deceive students in any way,” the school stated emphatically. 

The Clock Is Ticking

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The battle is far from over, and the clock is ticking. GCU has just 20 days to appeal the Department of Education’s decision.

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