The for-profit school Berkeley College has found itself in a spot bother with New York City as it has come under scrutiny for allegedly deceiving and lying to students about the programs offered, which ultimately left them in a debt trap.
Berkeley College was established as a private college in 1931.
It offers Certificates, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Graduate degrees.
Its academic programs include Business Management, Health Services, Legal Studies, Marketing, Information Technology among others.
The college offers Graduate Studies online in Business Administration from its New Jersey campus.
It has three locations in New York City (Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains) and four in New Jersey (Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park).
The school enrolls 3,500 students in the Empire State, “making it one of New York’s largest for-profit” institutions.
Studying at Berkeley College is not cheap as its tuition is set at $12,950 per semester. This is in stark contrast to the $3,685 per semester at CUNY.
Like most for-profit colleges, Berkeley College gets most of its revenue from guaranteed government aid.
In a New York Post report, it noted that “Students suffer because of for-profit colleges’ voracious greed,” the Manhattan Supreme Court suit alleges. “After students leave Berkeley — most with crushing debt, and many with no degree — Berkeley abandons them to their debt,” the suit alleges.
The report also noted that a spokeswoman for the college vigorously denied the allegations while noting that the school was “cited by the Income Mobility Report Card for being in the top 1 percent of colleges that help increase income mobility among graduates.”
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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