The CCSQ College, M. College, and CDE College — all run by Rising Phoenix International Inc in the Quebec province — had collected millions of dollars in tuition fees from these students before closing. The students, many of whom have moved to different cities to stay with friends or relatives, said they have been scammed and have demanded intervention by the Canadian government.
In its advisory, the High Commission said the students can directly contact Quebec’s Ministry of Higher Education in case of any difficulties concerning their fees.
The students planning to pursue higher education in Canada have also been advised to make a thorough check of the credentials and standing of the institution where they are seeking admission. They have also been advised to not make any payments or reveal their personal information to any unverified person or institution and should further demand a certificate of recognition by the Canadian government before getting enrolled.
“Please demand certificate of recognition by Canadian/ provincial government from the institutions and verify that the institution selected is included in the list of designated learning institutions published on the Government of Canada website,” it said.
The authorities are providing a grace period to enrolled students who are already present in Canada to seek admission in an alternative institution.