Grand Canyon University

Loan Forgiveness

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a private, for-profit Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. For-profit universities make up a notoriously shady sector of the education business, functioning as money mills rather than schools. Mounting complaints and lawsuits against for-profit colleges have demonstrated that many of them have a singular purpose: Enroll as many students as possible, charge those students as much tuition as possible, and worry about education last. The main tactic used to achieve this goal is to target people of low means, promise them a valuable but expensive degree, and then allow those people to take on thousands upon thousands of dollars of federal financial aid money, which all ends up in the hands of the school. Over the past few years, these kinds of schools have been getting sued left and right for misrepresenting the value of their degrees (no, spending $80,000 on a degree in video-game design is not a good idea), inflating post-graduate salary numbers, and paying recruiters based on how many students they enroll.


Grand Canyon was sued by the federal government in 2008 for violating the Department of Education’s “incentive compensation ban,” which states that no school that accepts federal financial aid can compensate its enrollment counselors based on their enrollment numbers. According to Ronald Irwin, a former employee of GCU and the lead plaintiff in the case, that’s exactly what the school was doing. The official complaint (embedded below) alleged that GCU ranked enrollment counselors and adjusted their salaries based on the number of students they enrolled per month. It also claimed that enrollment quotas were placed on these counsellors, and that those who did not meet their quotas were fired or demoted.

Imagine Boiler Room, but in some overlit college office with a palm tree outside the window, rather than an investment firm.

GCU eventually reached a settlement in the case, and was forced to pay $5.2 million to Irwin and the federal government.

Nevertheless, business is booming for GCU, which enrolls 6,500 on-campus students and another 42,000 in online programs. Undergraduates account for 24,000 of those, on-campus and off-, and only 24 percent of them are likely to graduate. Complaints about shady practices are still very easy to find. There are a collection of recent horror stories from former students and employees. Furthermore, 188 complaints about GCU have been filed to the Better Business Bureau over the last three years.

The good news for former students is that many former students from Grand Canyon University qualify for Obama student loan forgiveness. Give us a call at (844) 859-2178 or fill out the form to see if you qualify today.

Timeline of Events


GCU is founded.


GCU relocated to its current Phoenix location


GCU is purchased by Grand Canyon Education, Inc.


Grand Canyon was sued by the federal government for violating the Department of Education’s “incentive compensation ban.”

Other Statistics


of students that attend Grand Canyon University actually graduate.


Students enrolled at GCU


Of GCU’s funding stems from the federal government.

Loan Forgiveness

If you attended Grand Canyon University, regardless of when you attended, you may be eligible for student loan forgiveness. Call (844) 859-2178.

"I'm so glad I found this website! After attending GCU, I wasn't able to find a job in my field and got stuck with over 30 grand in loans. Thankfully, I'm now paying $0/month and will have my loans forgiven at the end of the term! Thanks guys!"

− Carly Young, Phoenix

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− Jeff Gemmell, Tucson

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− Mark Levin, Albuquerque

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