In a new litigation, the Federal Trade Commission of the Biden administration targets the largest Christian university in the United States.
According to its website, as of fall 2022, Grand Canyon University is the largest Christian university in the United States, with over 100,000 enrolled students and over 85,000 online students.
GCU was accused by the FTC of engaging in deceptive business practices with regard to its doctoral programs and unlawful telemarketing, as stated in the federal complaint that was submitted in the District of Arizona.
“Grand Canyon deceived students by holding itself out as a non-profit institution and misrepresenting the costs and number of courses required to earn doctoral degrees,” Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a Wednesday news release. “We will continue to aggressively pursue those who seek to take advantage of students.”
GCU’s “marketing activities have also resulted in millions of abusive telemarketing calls to consumers who have specifically requested that Defendants not solicit them, and to individuals on the National Do Not Call Registry,” the lawsuit alleges.
According to the complaint, the FTC also claimed that GCU misled prospective doctoral students regarding the time required to complete the accelerated doctoral program.
In response to allegations of telemarketing sales fraud and violation of the FTC Act, Grand Canyon University has petitioned the U.S. District Court in Arizona to order the university to compensate prospective students.
The Department of Education fined GCU more than $37 million in October after an investigation found the school “consistently misrepresented doctoral program costs,” according to a department press release.
The Daily Caller News Foundation received no immediate response from Grand Canyon University or the FTC regarding its request for comment.