Complaint / review text:
I attended the Katharine Gibbs School and graduated in 2003 with an AAS in Fashion Design and Merchandising. Ever since attending this school, I have not been able to find a job in my field and if I did find something, it wasn't a career position. I couldn't get hired anywhere for 2 years straight until I gave up and went to do something else. Now 8 years later, I still have no career and can't find any position based on the education that will hire me, especially in fashion. I did not receive a proper education.
I am extremely stressed and depressed, and have suffered anxiety attacks due to an uncertainty with my future and my career. I owe $24,000 in student loans for a degree that I cannot use. I cannot transfer credits because this school is no longer accredited and in fact, it is now closed. When Gibbs was still open, I tried to go to a few schools but even then, no credits or very little were accepted. I do not have an actual diploma and I am now in debt from a school that has been closed. I cannot transfer any credits nor can I get any real help from a financial aid to go to another school. My credit is ruined and I can no longer get help the way I need it in order to start over again. I am terribly stressed about this situation and I was totally ripped off! I know numerous students in the same position as myself who went to Katherine Gibbs and the outcome is the same.
We were told lifetime job placement, but I have never been placed once though I repeatedly tried. Now, this place is closed and there is no way to get transcripts or anything else. I feel stranded for this expensive education that I never received. How could such an expensive education and associate degree be useless? Gibbs told me they were accredited and I had a number of schools I could attend, but it was all a lie! A bold face lie.
When I applied for financial aid, I didn't fully qualify and I had no family members willing to co-sign. But they found a way to put me through. My mother died 2 weeks before enrolling in Katherine Gibbs, so I had no support at 20 years old. I am at a loss for words! Someone, please tell me who can help me. I need a lawyer. I just want to get a proper education with no student loans hanging over my head that I cannot pay back. This school has caused me misery and I am lost because of it! I blame Katherine Gibbs for leaving their students out to dry.