I enrolled in an approved LVN School named Franklin Career College in 2007. I was told that The government ETP program would pay for half of my tuition because of the nursing shortage, and because I was a Certified Nurses Assistant.
I wasn't informed of any other conditions, only that I had to be enrolled in an accredited LVN program and be a CNA. I signed the contract and received a loan to pay for the remainder of the program , not covered by ETP. After two months of attendance I was told that to qualify for ETP funding for the remainder of the year, I would have to get a job quickly, work 13 hours, and then I could quit that job and focus on the program. I started looking for a job to satisfy the new requirements placed by the school.
A few weeks later they informed me that the stipulations had changed and that I now had to work 13 hours a week, but that they didn't know for how long. I was going to school five days a week and didn't have time to find a job or go to interviews that far into the program. I continued through the program without being contacted by school representatives regarding unpaid tuition. I was scheduled to graduate and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX on May 16th 2008.
Mrs. Hernandez the "school Dean" approached me one week prior to graduation and informed me that I would be required to write her a check for the balance unpaid by ETP, $10,000 immediately. I informed her that I wasn't able to pay her, and she told me to ask my relatives, because I wouldn't be graduating with the rest of my class if I didn't pay it. Feeling helpless, and deceived without any other option I agreed to start making payments to the school.
Franklin Career College is now suing me for the "unpaid balance".
I would not have enrolled in a program without meeting the requirements for funding prior. On the ETP website, it states, in order to receive funding you must be a Certified Nurses Assistant, be working as a CNA and enroll in an accredited LVN Program meeting the stipulations set forth by ETP.
So, you must be working before entrance into the LVN program. I was misinformed by Lila, a school administrator.
Monetary Loss: $10.