My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: Texas
I've lived in Texas the past 15 or so years (since 1997) and in 2007 I decided to attend school again and obtain my bachelors degree. I selected Westwood because of what they offered me (online courses, assistance in helping me land a job with various companies). At the end of my time there I accumulated about $70,000 in debt with Sallie Mae. During my time there Westwood informed me that they are nationally accredited.
Now here are my issues:
1) They have never helped me get in contact with any employer in the field I went to school for, and when I called that I landed interviews they did very little to nothing to follow up or assist in any manner.
2) Though they state they are accredited the state of Texas does not recognize them, which leaves my options very limited (i.e no state or higher jobs that require a bachelors). I was never informed of that when I signed up with the school.
So basically I got into debt for $70k to not have a job, not have the ability to find a good paying job where I live because the school is not accepted. I feel I was misled, and was just suckered into paying them a whole bunch of money for a useless piece of paper (I graduated in 2010 and have not had any success getting a job anywhere near the field I wen to school for).
What type of lawyer would I need to seek out in order to see what can be done? I don't feel it's fair that I pay for something that is worthless, if I could afford to just pack and move to a state that accepts it then obviously I wouldn't have needed to go back to school to get a higher paying job.