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Higher Education Class Actions

Tycko & Zavareei LLP has a robust education practice, and is litigating a number of lawsuits to protecting students and recent graduates from predatory practices by universities and student loan companies.

For example, in December 2022, Tycko & Zavareei LLP, along with co-counsel at the National Student Legal Defense Network, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of graduate students who received degrees through the online program at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. The lawsuit was filed against the school and its online program partner, 2U LLC, over their alleged long term campaign to mislead students into believing the school and its online programs were top ranked programs. In actuality, USC had allegedly been submitting fraudulent data to U.S. News & World Report for years in an effort to improve its standing in the publication’s annual Best Graduate School of Education rankings. To learn more about this lawsuit, the complaint is available here.

This lawsuit is one of many cases filed by TZ on behalf of students and recent graduates who have been defrauded or overcharged by their schools and loan servicers. TZ is also representing students in class action lawsuits against five universities for failing to refund tuition and fees when classes went remote due to COVID-19, against Grand Canyon University for allegedly misleading graduate students into believing its professional programs met state accreditation and licensing standards, and against ECSI, Inc. (formerly Heartland) over its alleged practice of charging borrowers unlawful fees when they pay their student loans online or over the phone.

If you have been affected by the above practices, or believe you have been the victim of other unfair practices by your school or student lender, please use the form below to get in touch.

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