Jobless Grad Sues N.Y. College for Tuition

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A New York woman is suing her alma mater for the return of $70,000 she paid in tuition because she cannot find a job.

Trina Thompson, 27, graduated from Monroe College in Bronx, N.Y., in April with an information technology bachelor's degree, but has not been able to find job.

She filed the lawsuit in Bronx Supreme Court on July 24, alleging the school's Office of Career Advancement has not provided her with the leads it promised. Thompson said the school "has not lived up to its end of the bargain."

"They have not tried hard enough to help me," Thompson wrote about the school in her lawsuit.

Thompson lives with her mother, Carol, who provides their only source of income as a substitute teacher.

"She's angry," Carol told The New York Post. "She's very angry at her situation. She put all her faith in them, and so did I. They're not making an effort."

Thompson's student loan payments will also arrive soon and she has yet to find a way to pay down the debt.

"We're going to be homeless, and we'll still have a student loan to pay," Carol said. "This is not the way we want to live our life. This is not what we planned."

Monroe College defended itself insisting that graduates are guided in their careers.

College spokesperson Gary Axelbank dismissed the lawsuit.

"The lawsuit is completely without merit," Axelbank said. "The college prides itself on the excellent career-development support that we provide to each of our students, and this case does not deserve further consideration."

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