Federal Trade Commission Sues Grand Canyon University 

The agency alleges the school was deceptive in its advertising and marketing.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued Grand Canyon University, the nation’s largest Christian university, charging them under the FTC Act and the Telemarketing Sale Rules, with deceptive advertising and illegal telemarketing practices.

“Grand Canyon deceived students by holding itself out as a non-profit institution and misrepresenting the costs and number of courses required to earn doctoral degrees,” stated Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “We will continue to aggressively pursue those who seek to take advantage of students.”

The school is also accused of making “millions of substantive telemarketing calls to consumers who have specifically requested that Defendants not solicit them.” 

The Department of Education fined Grand Canyon University $37.7 million earlier this year, saying the school “lied about the cost of doctoral programs to attract students to enroll.” At that time, the university said it “categorically denies every accusation… and will take all measures necessary to defend itself.” 

The Arizona-based for-profit institution has more than 118,000 online and in-person students. They have not yet publicly commented on the lawsuit. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for FTC officials as they seek to protect American consumers.
  • For Secretary Cardona to be discerning as he heads the Education Department.
  • For the district court judge who will hear and decide the lawsuit.

Sources: The Hill, Just The News, Fox Business

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