Thousands Claim Art Institute Defrauded Them, Await Help

Shaun Joyce used to sit at his desk at The Art Institute of Charlotte in North Carolina, on edge. That’s because a staff member could burst into his classroom at any moment and lead him on the “walk of death.”

That was when students would be summoned to the for-profit school’s financial aid office and told they’d “run out” of loans, Joyce said. Then the student would be informed that he or she needed to borrow more money immediately, or else leave the school.

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