Argosy University Seattle Refund GI Bill Dollars
  • Petitioned Tom Dyer

This petition was delivered to:

President, Argosy University Seattle
Tom Dyer
Chair, Clinical Psychology
Frances M. Parks, Ph.D., ABPP
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Russell W. Wright, Ph.D.
Director of Student Services
Deann Ketchum
Vice President of Government Affairs
Cathy Caponi
Washington
Sen. Patty Murray
Washington
Gov. Jay Inslee

Argosy University Seattle Refund GI Bill Dollars

    1. Sonorra McMath
    2. Petition by

      Sonorra McMath

      Olympia, WA

Private agencies are targeting veterans and eager students. Jobs are scarce and education is more important than it has been in years. The cost of education continues to rise, and agencies are employing tactics to access Post 911 GI Bill dollars. Veterans are left without degrees, or with degrees that hold little value. In addition, veterans are forced to repay large student loans they cannot afford. Help stop predatory practices against veterans by large corporations.

Respectfully,

Sonorra C. (Ray) McMath, MA, LMFTA, MHP

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Terrorist among us

      Sonorra McMath
      Petition Organizer

      I received a draft agreement from EDMC, owners of Argosy University, Seattle. In exchange for refunding the money the Terrorist stole, they wanted me to sign an agreement requiring the silence of me, friends and family members. In other words, although they deny any wrong doing, they insist that I sign an agreement to never speak of this experience. No other student has been requested to sign such documents. A law firm gained awareness of my situation and has agreed to take the case on a contingent basis, and additional complaints have been filed with other local and federal agencies. This petition has gained the attention of numerous media sources; therefore, you can expect to see this and the follow on petition http://signon.org/sign/president-obama-will.fb7?source=c.fb&r_by=4457382 in circulation. Don't forget to sign the new petition that ask the president to put the funding in the correct hands. "I am one of you."

    3. We are currently in negotiations

      Sonorra McMath
      Petition Organizer

      This evening I received a call from Tom Dyer 206 393 3503. he informed me that he received a call from Cathy Caponi, newly appointed Vice President of Government Affairs at Education Management LLC. Dr. Dyer offered to, as best as I can recall, write a check to the federal government to credit my GI bill account to the original balance (including monthly stipends), and write a check to nelnet to cover student loans received for all fees and tuition while attending Argosy. In return, he wants me to remove all the "change.org..."

      I have had these people provide "lip service" in the past, so, until I receive something in writing, I will keep the petition going. Dr. Dyer stated he needed to contact his "lawyer guys" prior to putting anything in writing.

      Here is a link for those of you who have been targeted as I have in hopes that someone will hear your voice. "I am one of you."

      Most graciously,

      Sonorra

    4. Good Afternoon. We've reached 100 signatures within less than 1 month!

      Sonorra McMath
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone. I want to again thank you for your support and outreach in getting the word out about Argosy University, Seattle. We have reached the targeted goal of 100 signatures, and people continue to sign. We have also updated the representatives to whom the petition is sent. On 1 May 2012, Dr. Dyer left a voice message requesting a return call. This is definitely a step in deciding upon an amicable solution to our cause. It is my hope that Dr. Dyer will credit the funds back to my GI bill account and accept responsibility for any funds acquired through student loans while attending this school. I have media contacts who are ready to take this cause to the next phase should Dr. Dyer and representative decide to continue to deny any wrongdoing.

      My sincerest gratitude,
      Sonorra,
      "I am one of you"

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. We are not alone

      Sonorra McMath
      Petition Organizer

      Supporters around the globe agree there is a problem with financing education. Imagine the impact when institutions use tactics to keep students paying and fail to provide adequate education

    7. This has become more rampant. I want to share some links

      Sonorra McMath
      Petition Organizer

      This issue is not new to politicians. They have chosen to pretend it doesn't exist. Once I push this petition through, I intend to push to have the Post 9/11 funds offered with options for housing, business development, and payment of excess debt. Help continue to push this through. Don't forget to share with friends and family. Thank you so much to those who have eagerly supported this cause. "I am one of you."

    8. Reached 50 signatures
    9. Hello everyone. I just wanted to update you on the progress

      Sonorra McMath
      Petition Organizer

      We have gained support of local veterans and agencies who are working to get the word out about Argosy and other universities that use illegal tactics in order to gain access to Post 9/11 funds. Several students are apprehensive about signing the petition, due to fear of repercussions. Please show these students they are not alone. We need at least 50 more signatures, and we can move to the next level in telling corporations who target our veterans that we will not sit idol and allow them to mistreat those who have fought for this country and others around the world. Again, thank you so much for supporting our cause.

    10. Since beginning this petition others are speaking out.

      Sonorra McMath
      Petition Organizer

      Please review the links below

    11. Reached 25 signatures
    12. I am touched that young people are getting involved. My young son posted:

      Sonorra McMath
      Petition Organizer

      My Mother (a veteran of multiple military engagements including both Iraq wars ) is an honest woman who was only trying to further herself in life through honest hard work and dedication. She chose to attend a local private school for her degree. The schools financial departments and educational directors strung her along in a degree program until she was nearly finished only to tell her they were going to shut down the program. They did not offer her a refund or try to accommodate her or her classmates. instead they offered them secondary prizes with the expectation that "they should be so lucky". By signing this petition you will be helping to send loud message that the hard working are tired of being stepped on.

    13. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Deborah Johnson LAKEWOOD, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Almost university received my government student loans & would not award my degree after completing classes since 2009. They would not inform me of my status until right before graduation after all that time put in, & I am an honor student. Pleasenote they are misleading stating they are accredited but credits are not transferable for the MA program which makes a student start over again with more loans. Towards the end of your program they find all types of excuses why one should not graduate & the students have no support or recourse. Therefore, it is an injustice to students as consumer and all government funds should be returned.

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    • Leslie Jan BOWLING GREEN, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      We need regulation of for-profit schools, period. Many have no real quality standards and it is clear they focus on veterans and needy people because they get federal dollars from loans-which the schools keep even when the students get little in return.

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    • Elsezenia Nagel PALMER, AK
      • about 2 years ago

      Make these predatory "car salesman" schools pay back every dime they stole from us!!!!

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    • Vincent Wilmes CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a vet

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    • Marion David BEAVERTON, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      Oh, this isn't terribly important to me... but I could see it becoming something of interest to an attorney, if it gets enough press. Just sayin'. You might want to support this lady sooner rather than later, and cut your losses.

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