Daniel Nasaw

Unemployed graduates around the world will be keeping a keen eye on a lawsuit in New York, as a former student tries to win back her tuition fees.

Trina Thompson (27) has sued the college that granted her a diploma this spring, claiming its career counsellors have not worked hard enough to find her a job.

Ms Thompson says Monroe College in the Bronx should refund her $70,000 in tuition for a bachelor’s degree because she has been unable to find gainful employment since she graduated in April. She said the college promised job leads but has not followed through.

“They have not tried hard enough to help me,” Ms Thompson, who received a degree in information technology, wrote in her lawsuit.

Monroe College, founded in 1933, offers career-oriented learning in business, health care, criminal justice and information technology, and an arts programme.

According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, just 20 per cent of U.S. college students from 2009 who applied for a job had one when they graduated.