Class Eligibility

You are a member of the class if you are a U.S. resident who obtained a Belford High School diploma at any time from January 1, 2003 to January 23, 2012

Estimated Amount


Unless you can prove you paid more

Proof of Purchase


Case Name

ELIZABETH LAUBER, et al.,vs. Belford High School
Civil Action No. 09-CV-14345
District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan

Case Summary

For years, websites at and held out Belford High School as a legitimate, accredited high school. In 2012, a judgment was entered finding that Belford High School was a fraud, that it is not a real school, was never accredited and never had authority to issue high school diplomas. As a result of Plaintiffs’ lawsuit, Belford High School admitted that it has no administrators and never had any, that its supposed accrediting agencies were fake, that it has no employees and never had any, and that the names of faculty and administrators that appear on the diplomas it sold to thousands of persons around the United States were fake. This Judgment found that U.S. residents who purchased Belford High School diplomas are entitled to damages related to the amount paid for their fake diploma.

Settlement Pool





Belford Class Action Claims
PO Box 6878
Broomfield, CO 80021

30 responses to “Belford High School Class Action Settlement”

  1. Chris says:

    Seems like people who paid for this should be entitled to a lot more than $249. If I were them, I would not settle with the class and would be seeking something in the 6-7 figure range.

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    We find it quite generous for the judge to allow a full refund to people who intentionally purchased a fake degree with the intent of deceiving others.

    • Hancock says:

      Good observation. People depended on this degree for high paying jobs and should be appropriately compensated for their losses.

      ADMIN – Hi Hancock,

      I see your point but it would be wise to depend of a stronger foundation such as studying and earning the diploma instead of paying for it.

      • Tanya says:

        If these people knew these degrees were fake then why should they be compensated for anything? That too is fraud! You can’t buy ANY degree. You have to do the school work to earn a legit one. thats common sense.

    • Chris says:

      That makes sense. I assumed the people who purchased this were deceived. If that is not the case, then I totally agree with you.

    • Wilford Raney says:

      Fantastic response admin!❤️❤️❤️

    • Alex S says:

      Agree with Admin here, solid reply.

  2. Hope Abrams says:

    I payed for it but I don’t have that credit card anymore it was a prepaid they took my money and told me they were investigating so thats when I went to school and got my GED in Las Vegas in 2008

  3. Brenda Carey says:

    So kids moved alot due to military and I think that is very rude we still had to do the work… I am a mother of three girls and this has played a big part in my life just wanted to do the right thing and finish school at least and this is what we get SCAMMED!!!!! UNREAL JUSTICE IS NEEDED AS CHILDREN AT THE TIME (PARENTS) PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION PERIOD!!!!!!!!! HAVE A BLESSED DAY

    • Willem hammersbach says:

      Nobody owes you anything,plenty of bases have schools for kids, and you’re you’re a military family I’m going to assume you vote republican? Doesn’t that go against the right wing mantra of nobody owes you anything? Still I find Belford more legit than trump university

  4. Ron says:

    What if you remember paying more than the $249 but don’t have any proof besides the diploma and other papers they sent inside the folder? There wasn’t a receipt given for this. And this was also back in 2009 so this is going on 8 years for me. Is there any sort of records that would show how much people paid? I’m glad I decided to go back to school and get a real diploma as well as a college degree. This school was a mistake I learned from!

    ADMIN – Hi Ron,

    It is possible that the admin has records. Give them a call.

  5. Tricia says:

    I received my diploma back in 2006 from them. It wasn’t until two years ago I was informed while trying to get a job at the hospital and trying to also go to nursing school that my diploma was not accredited. I’ve had four children since then, I’m almost thirty, I haven’t been in school for over a decade. I think it’s absolutely outrageous what they have done to people, including myself and my kids. I’m now trying to get a GED with five kids under the age of 10 and finding a job has been extremely difficult. I’ll take my money back, but I feel like those of us that have been scammed deserve a whole lot more that $249 dollars.

    • Giovanni Serriteno says:

      Yes, you are right. I’m just finding out now. I took the test and all. Now, I’m applying for the National Guard and coming to this strange realization. This is not fair.

  6. Tricia says:

    Oh and for the record, I was a child when I did this and believed it was legit. I literally spent hours testing and studying. I thought the money went towards the cost of the tests… Just like a GED. You people should use your heads before scoffing, and making idiotic assumptions.

  7. Bev says:

    This cracks me up. I think that people ought to beware of filing this claim. In doing so you are admitting that you went after a fake high school diploma instead of putting in the effort to complete high school. Maybe you should lose your job instead. I think the money in the settlement pool should have been paid to a non profit who is committed to helping people LEGITIMATELY complete their high school education!

  8. TSo says:

    This is such a sad mess, the first is the opinions of others, in which you really don’t know what situation any of the persons that are involved in this mess were actually facing. Stop judging, I truly understand how easy it is to get in a situation as this, most folks work 2-3 jobs and its not always as easy as you think or would want it to be. This just shows how easy it is to get caught up in situation, not because its a easy way out, but because the time is just right. I have no judgments against anyone, I hope this has taught something and that nothing is as easy as it seem, move on and may God bless all that had to experience this mess… problem with this, is why from the beginning it wasn’t caught not just by the persons who were deceived but, why wasn’t it alarmed by the government, itself—-sad, how folks are taken advantage of on a daily basis and the ones with the comments of you should have known better, be careful – its definitely no telling what you will be saying that same thing about!!!

  9. Janeth B. says:

    I did not received my settlement check due that I didn’t submit a claim form. I even contacted the law firm and asked them about it. I even called them
    Many times no response. I called the Claim Administrator and asked if they could mail out my check. They said at this time they can’t do anything about it. I did get nothing. I’m not the only one who did not get the settlement check, there’s some class members who did not get their settlement checks according to them. It’s very unfair for us that we did get nothing. After they email us and notify about this lawsuit :/

    ADMIN – Hi Janeth,

    If you did not submit a claim form you are not entitled to a check.

    • Missy says:

      how come the people who clearly had an address on file with This Belford high school, not get notified? why is that?

      ADMIN – Hi Missy,

      I don’t know. It is entirely possible that they received a notification and discarded it as junk mail.

  10. Janeth B. says:

    Please help us to get our settlement check. It’s very unfair for us that we did get nothing. It’s $250,000.00 settlement pool compare to $249.00 per class member. We just want our money back. The money what we paid for and we deserve to get our settlement.

    ADMIN – Hi Janeth,

    I can’t help you. You need to contact the class action administrator.

  11. Guillermo Guerra, III says:

    I’ve just come across this lawsuit, I myself got a diploma thru Belford High School, ashamed to find out it was a fraud. I miss the deadline to submit my information.

    ADMIN – Hi Guillermo,

    Consider following on Facebook that way you never miss any settlement.

  12. Yolanda says:

    I need an attorney to represent me I am losing my job because ok this Yolanda Floyd 336-608-1049 Please and Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Yolanda,

    If you need an attorney please consider finding a local lawyer and booking a consultation.

  13. Matthew wolfe says:

    I took a test just like a person would if they went to a GED I’ve lost my job because of this scam.which I thought was legit.I want my money back….why is the site still up and running?

    ADMIN – Hi Matthew,

    Did you file a claim?

  14. Susan says:

    I was reading some of these comments and yes we paid for the high school but we also took a test Im assuming now everyone passes, Its really a shame I have 24 yrs of administrative experience and looking for employment now this, I honestly hope they where ever I be hired they take into consideration my years of experience I will be 56 yrs old and need to work

    ADMIN – Hi Susan,

    Have you considered getting a traditional GED

  15. Natanya says:

    I just found out they had a settlement and I reach out about this scam back in 2012 and never heard anything until I came on this site smh. This is sad people is getting scam and we have children we trying to do better for.

  16. Missy says:

    what about those that did the tests and thought they were doing classes and actually earning a Highschool diploma

    ADMIN – Hi Missy,

    All individuals that obtained their diploma via Belford were members of the class. Sadly the deadline has passed and you no longer have legal recourse.

  17. Elijah k jahkur says:

    I paid for that diploma back in may 2010 and just now found out today that I was scammed that is so so wrong I will love to be compensated for the loss of liberty and stress they caused Belford fake high school don’t even exist what a Shem day. lol😖

    ADMIN – Hi Elijah,

    You are sadly too late to file.

  18. Gloria Hernandez says:

    To whom it made concern:
    I Gloria Hernandez
    I paid for the courses online in December of 2007.
    Graduated into 2008
    January 20 2008
    GPA 3.19
    Paid for my course with a credit card up from.
    And now to find out that was a scam.
    How can there be people like this in this world?

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