Grand Canyon College mentioned Wednesday it plans to enchantment a $37.7 million effective issued by the U.S. Division of Training.
The college of roughly 118,000 college students mentioned it’ll notify the Training Division on Thursday that it’s interesting the choice. The company levied the effective in opposition to the college final month, saying an investigation decided Grand Canyon had falsely marketed the price of its doctoral packages.
Grand Canyon has refuted the Training Division’s findings. In an announcement final month, it mentioned the college “will take all measures essential to defend itself from these false accusations.”
The college’s president, Brian Mueller, plans to carry a press convention Thursday explaining the establishment’s enchantment and subsequent steps, in line with a media advisory. Mueller additionally plans to share info that the college says contradicts the Training Division’s findings.
Grand Canyon has accused the Training Division and different authorities companies of retaliating in opposition to the college over an ongoing lawsuit.
The authorized problem hearkens to 2019, when the Training Division refused to approve Grand Canyon’s bid to grow to be a nonprofit. On the time, the division pointed to an ongoing monetary relationship between the college and its former proprietor.
Though the IRS accredited the change, the Training Division nonetheless treats Grand Canyon as a for-profit for the needs of Title IV monetary assist, subjecting it to stricter rules. The college sued the division in 2021 over the company’s resolution.
A choose upheld the Training Division’s resolution in late 2022, however Grand Canyon appealed. Oral arguments are scheduled for December.
An Training Division spokesperson mentioned Wednesday the effective will likely be efficient Nov. 20 except the college requests a listening to earlier than the company’s Workplace of Listening to and Appeals or sends supplies to the Federal Scholar Help workplace explaining why the penalty shouldn’t be imposed.