Am I entitled to a refund if I enrolled in a school that is not approved by the state?

I enrolled in a coding bootcamp that isn’t teaching me. The claim to have a

flipped classroom but they have very little teaching material. I am told to build a project and then I have to google the internet to figure out how to do it. I do not consider this teaching. The school received a citation from the state and in the citation it states any enrollment agreement entered into by a student is not valid and the student must receive a full refund. The school can appeal the citation but does that mean the enrollment agreement could be considered valid. I want to know my rights to getting a refund.

Asked on June 8, 2018 under Business Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If they are not teaching you what they are supposed to, if they cannot do what they claimed, and/or if they lead you to believe they were approved by the state when they are not, they have committed fraud and/or breach of contract: they misrepresented (lied about) what they could or would do, or what you would get, and/or they violated their agreement with you. Either fraud or breach of contract would give you a basis to recover the money you paid them--they can't lie about important things to get you to give them your money, and they can't take your money without being able to do what they promised in return. However, there is no one who will get your money from you--you will have to sue them for the money, and in court prove the fraud or breach of contract.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If they are not teaching you what they are supposed to, if they cannot do what they claimed, and/or if they lead you to believe they were approved by the state when they are not, they have committed fraud and/or breach of contract: they misrepresented (lied about) what they could or would do, or what you would get, and/or they violated their agreement with you. Either fraud or breach of contract would give you a basis to recover the money you paid them--they can't lie about important things to get you to give them your money, and they can't take your money without being able to do what they promised in return. However, there is no one who will get your money from you--you will have to sue them for the money, and in court prove the fraud or breach of contract.


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