Brooks Borrowers: A student Loan Documentary.
How does one simply funnel money from the government?
Easy - Lie. Lie. Lie.
Owner of dozens of for-profit colleges and universities, Career Education Corporation (now Perdoceo) funneled hundreds of millions of federally guaranteed student loan dollars through Brooks Institute, and its other subsidiaries, converting loans into shareholder profits and a lifetime of crushing debt for thousands of student loan borrowers.
In present day, we follow Theresa Sweet. She’s the named plaintiff in Sweet v. Cardona - one of the largest class action lawsuits against the US Department of Education in history. During the Trump administration, the processing of Borrower Defense applications halted. More than two hundred thousand for-profit student loan borrowers were left with zero answers.
We take an inside look at how this happened and who is responsible. CEC has a formula for purchasing small established schools and turning them into diploma mills as a way to funnel easy money from the federal government. Brooks was one of many.
Goals of the documentary are to show how a system created by shareholders, lobbyists and lawmakers made billions by sinking thousands of folks who just wanted to change their lives through education and to bring back the good name of the school it destroyed.
In 2020, after 49 Attorneys General announced a half billion dollar multistate settlement with CEC, they rebranded to Paredeco and is still a publicly traded company [PRDO].
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Director: Aman Segal
Everybody has a story to tell and Aman Segal wants to tell them. Aman is an award-winning innovative producer with over a decade of diverse experience in film, television, and commercial industries. He is also known for his creativity and ability to generate high-end content no matter the cost or budget constraint.
Aman has taken numerous leadership roles working with prestigious production companies and worldwide brands to deliver stellar content. Employers include: CBSViacom, ABC, Apple, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Discovery, NBA, ESPN, Object and Animal, Art Class, ITV, Asylum, Anonymous Content, to name a few.
Aman attended Brooks 2000-2003
Executive Producer: Ashley Pizzuti
Ashley has spent the last 20 years researching and advocating for Brooks borrowers after she and her husband ended up in over half a million dollars in debt from attending Brooks Institute's visual journalism program. She currently resides just north of Boston with her daughter and her husband Rich, whom she co-owns Pizzuti Photography. She has made it her mission to expose CEC for its corrupt practices and return borrowers whole.
Ashley Attended Brooks 2002-2005
Associate Producer - Grant Morris
What hasn’t been said about Grant Morris that hasn’t already been said about Aristotle or Socrates. He’s wicked deep. A native Louisianian, he’s wrestled alligators in the swamps, adventured in the High Sierras of California, filmed with The Westboro Baptist Church, and photographed wildfires and numerous presidents. One of the founders of New Sky Productions, he has been named one of The Nashua Telegraph’s 20 Emerging Business Leaders in 2014 and The New Hampshire Union Leaders’ 40 Under 40. Grant loves spending time with his wife Caitlyn and their colossal yellow lab, Rufus, in the great outdoors of New Hampshire. Tell Grant ‘Hi,’ and ask him to tell you a joke.
Grant attended Brooks from 2005-2008