I was planning on attending the University of Phoenix to get a degree in business so I could get a better paying job. This economy hit me really bad I ended up getting laid off from my employer. So now I don’t really have much income at all and I’ve had to move back in with my parents – which really sucks.
So I figured that while I’m living with my parents and don’t have much in expenses right now I might as well look into going back to school. I found out that there is a local University of Phoenix location that’s 1 mile or so down the road so that’s really convenient. I’ve also seen their TV ads and other information that tells me this is a really good accredited school and that it’s as good or even better than the regular colleges out there like Harvard, Yale and MIT.
So I went down to the local school and talked to the financial aid folks and they gave me some forms to file out and told me I shouldn’t have a problem getting all of my schooling covered. They told me that since I didn’t have a job right now that I needed my mother and father’s income taxes and that they needed to be signed.
Okay, I got them copies of my parent’s income taxes and these obviously on the last sheet are signed by my parents to turn into the IRS. The IRS does not accept unsigned tax returns. But for University of Phoenix that was not enough they wanted my parents to sign on these tax returns in the margins.
I don’t know why they wanted that, but I took the request home to my parents and told them and they refused to do that. So when I do my back to University Phoenix and told him that my parents refuse to do that they took me to a copier room and closed the door and told me that there was an easy way around this.
They then showed me a form which basically said that my parents were responsible for some student loans wich I would be granted. They said that if my parents were going to sign the income tax returns in the margins and they definitely wouldn’t be signing the form which holds them financially responsible. They then made several copies of the income tax returns and specifically their signatures.
They then in front of me caught out the signatures and put them with tape on the other form or forms or they needed the signatures. They then copied these forms and used whiteout and something else to kind of hide the edges of the cutout signatures. After a few copies they produced one or you couldn’t tell that it was a cutout. This one they said was good and with that they sent me home.
I got sick in the middle of my classes and wasn’t able to finish them, but now they are sending me letters stating that I owe $8500 for my classes and that if I don’t come up with that money that they’re going to be going after my parents for it. They said because those forms that my parents filled out that their financially obligated to cover these amounts.
My parents never fill out those forms. The University of Phoenix financial aid department illegally and fraudulently caught out their signatures and pasted them in front of me to the forms that my parents would not sign. Someone help me I do not know what to do here. This has to be fraud on some level and illegal and my parents should not have to pay for the illegal acts of the University of Phoenix financial aid staff.