Stratford refunds for H.S. “diploma” program
Did you get a high school “diploma” from Stratford Career Institute or are you currently enrolled in its high school program? If so, you want to read this.
According to the FTC, Stratford’s advertising led people to believe that a diploma from its high school program could be used in the same way as a traditional high school diploma, and would help them further their education and get a job. Instead, many found that Stratford’s “diplomas” were useless. They couldn’t use them to get accepted into college or to get a job. Now Stratford has to return money to those who enrolled on or after January 1, 2011.
If you enrolled in Stratford’s high school program on or after January 1, 2011 this is what you should do:
- If you paid for the program in full, go to ftc.gov/Stratford to learn how to possibly get some money back.
- If you have not finished paying for the program, you should receive a notice from Stratford letting you know how to cancel. When you get this notice, you must tell Stratford within 30 days if you want to cancel your enrollment. If you cancel within this time period, you won’t owe any more money to Stratford and you could be entitled to a partial refund. You should receive this notice by February 14, 2017. Look for:
- an email from Stratford with the subject line “Your Enrollment in Stratford Career Institute, Inc.’s High School Diploma Program” or
- a message in the Message Center located in Stratford’s eService online student center with the subject line “Important Message About Your Enrollment”
This refund program applies only to those who enrolled with Stratford on or after January 1, 2011. For more information go to ftc.gov/Stratford. If you want to know more about avoiding a high school diploma scam, read this FTC article.