Hi, thanks for your inquiry! I have been practicing Consumer Protection law for 17+ years and have specific experience with issues like yours.
If you were told by the school (or its agent/recruiter) that it was or would have accreditation in the near future, such that your degree would of value accordingly, and if there was no correction of that information before you agreed to school there (and became obligated financially, and via time expense) - I believe you could have a breach of contract claim, with damages being at least that which you spent minus the value of what you received, since you did not receive what you were promised under that agreement. Now, it is important to determine if your written contract clarifies that the school is unaccredited, because it is does, that is the contract you signed agreement to. However, if the written contract does not speak to the accreditation issue, and only the misrepresentations prior thereto discuss it - you may have a claim based on misrepresentation/deceptive advertising, etc.
Consider taking ALL of your paperwork regarding your schooling to a consumer law attorney or even general practioner who engages in business disputes/contract law who can review the fine print and see if there is anything that would be a flat out bar to success in a suit or settlement negotiations
. Getting other students in your same predicament could be useful also - perhaps a multi-plaintiff suit if not just witnesses that can collaborate the misrepresentation scheme.
My thoughts are that if there is nothing contradicting the suit, you may be able to sue for the loss in terms of what you didn't get, as well as the new cost of lost wage increase that would have occurred and the cost of time and money needed to now go secure that degree you want.
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