Trump University students paid $35k to attend

Posted at 2:51 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 17:51:59-04

Students at now-closed Trump University paid as much as $35,000 to attend the real estate school, according to documents made public Tuesday in a class-action suit against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the university.     

The Washington Post asked U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel to unseal the documents, which include pages from Trump University's 2010 "playbook," complete with a mission statement and costs to attend the school.     

An attorney for Trump told the judge that the "playbook" contained trade secrets and strategies that others could steal.     

Trump, in a San Diego speech last Friday, said Curiel should recuse himself and called the judge a "hater" nominated by President Barack Obama.     

A nationwide class-action lawsuit and a California class-action suit accuse Trump University of engaging in deceptive practices and scamming thousands of students who enrolled, thinking it would make them rich in the real estate market.     

An "elite" membership included a three-day "in-field" mentorship, in which Trump mentors would walk the student through every step of a real estate transaction, according to the newly released documents.

The lawsuits allege that Trump University falsely gave the impression that it was an accredited university, that students would be taught by experts selected by Trump, and that students would get a year of mentoring.

Trump's lawyers argued that many students gave the real estate program positive ratings and those who failed to find success did so by their own fault.

Trump is listed as a defense witness for a trial scheduled for Nov. 28.