The single mother in a small town near Salt Lake City wanted an associate's degree as a first step toward medical school. She said she chose Everest, a for-profit college, after a recruiter guaranteed that she could apply her credits toward a higher degree at the University of Utah.
It wasn't until after she graduated in 2008 — two years and $30,000 in student loans later — that Miller learned the state university wouldn't take her credits from Everest, a unit of Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges Inc.
"I got completely taken advantage of, and now I'm struggling to pay the bill for it," said Miller, now 26. "I got sold my degree by a used-car salesman. I got a lemon." . . .