Individual and class action lawsuits keep popping up on the horizon which claim that Lincoln Technical Institute has committed fraud against their students. Students were led to believe that their education with this company was of the highest quality, had high job placement rates, and that they would be receiving comfortable salaries on their successful completion of the programs.
The claim by former employees that Lincoln Technical Institute evaded regulations put in place to crack down on predatory lending and enrollment practices were ignored. Those who met enrollment numbers were paid incentives and bonus which are not permitted under regulation.
Student complaints and lawsuits indicate that they paid high tuition for programs that used uneducated instructors. Some instructors were so unknowledgeable that students had to show them how to use the tools and equipment required for the program. Many student complaints indicate that their culinary program had no ingredients to use for classes, that mechanic classes on engine repair would have no engines for weeks at a time, or that computer systems used by instructors were so defective they were unusable.
Those who chose to stay on campus and take part in the meal program found themselves sharing cramped spaces the size of a closet with a roommate. Food was substandard and overpriced with prices fluctuating for the same item from day-to-day. As students would go to pay for their food using their meal card they were often told they would have to throw in some cash as their card allotment for the day wouldn’t cover the full amount.
Unprofessional behavior was fairly commonplace as per student complaints. Instructors often had affairs during class hours with other instructors or former students, and would fail anyone who questioned the appropriateness of such conduct. Students have had their hair pulled, been publically insulted and humiliated, and work turned in of different quality by different students all received the same marks. Safety equipment was often absent or unavailable and improvising was encouraged when carjacks and other such devices were required.
Law firms are still actively taking clients who wish to participate in class action lawsuits agains Lincoln Technical Institute and individual lawsuits are too numerous to count. Withdraw rates were extremely high and many people were unable to complete the programs offered or find work in their field with their unaccredited degree. As Lincoln reported that its funding received from federal student loans and programs was at 82.7 percent in 2010, and considering this does not take into account the revenues from military personnel or veterans receiving federal funding, Lincoln Technical Institute did not only scam and commit fraud against its individual students, it defrauded the government and taxpayers out of millions.
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