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DeVry University Settles FTC Fraud Lawsuit for $100M

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Santa Clara, CAA $100 million settlement has been reached between DeVry University and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations of for-profit education fraud, specifically, that the for-profit university used false statistics about its graduates’ job placement rates in order to lure students and increase enrollment.


According to the terms of the deal, DeVry will pay $49.4 million, which will be distributed by the FTC, and forgive $30.4 million in student loans and $20.2 million owed by former students. DeVry also said it had agreed to change its practices to “maintain specific substantiation” about graduates’ outcomes.



The FTC filed the lawsuit against DeVry in January, claiming the for-profit school deliberately misled customers through advertising claims it made in print, radio, online and TV that 90 percent of its graduates landed jobs within six months of initiating a job search.



Additionally, the suit claimed DeVry misled students when it claimed that its bachelor’s degree graduates had 15 percent higher incomes a year after their studies ended than graduates of all other colleges and universities, the FTC stated.



The terms of the settlement now “prohibits DeVry from including jobs students obtained more than six months before graduating whenever DeVry advertises its graduates’ successes in finding jobs near graduation.”



Further, the settlement stipulates that DeVry must notify students who are receiving debt relief, as well as credit bureaus and collections agencies. DeVry has also agreed to release transcripts and diplomas that they had been withholding from students who had outstanding debt.



The case is Federal Trade Commission v. DeVry Education Group Inc. et al., case number 2:16-cv-00579, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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"DeVry University &/or (Keller Graduate School Of Management)" has a confusing and fraudulent names such as "DeVry University, Keller Graduate School Of Management of DeVry University, DeVry University Keller Graduate School Of Management, Keller Graduate School Of Management, &/or DeVry University College of Keller Graduate School Of Management etc.
Now FTC are saying only DeVry university students are entitled for settlement and not Keller. It is DeVry University who advertise and mislead students to join its colleges such as Keller. What a Gimmick...

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