Washington state AG secures $7.6M for students deceived by for-profit school

Washington state AG secures $7.6M for students deceived by for-profit school
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Washington state’s attorney general Bob Ferguson announced that more than 3,000 Washington residents will receive over $7.6 million from Career Education Corporation (CEC) in student debt relief. The corporation, which is a for-profit education company, misled prospective students using “deceptive practices.”

CEC misled students about the cost of enrollment, and the accreditation of their employees which led to students not being able to get a job or obtain a license in their fields. The company also misrepresented employment rates of graduates by including those who only worked as little as one or two weeks, and in fields unrelated to their degree.

The statement from Ferguson’s office also says the corporation had campuses in 48 total states, and will pay over $493.6 million to 175,000 students. Along with repaying the sum of debt money, the CEC is obligated to disclose information that include correct post-graduate employment rates and accurate cost of education, among other things.

“Student borrowers victimized by deceptive recruitment practices deserve loan relief and legal protection,” Ferguson said in the statement. “My office will hold accountable any for-profit college that tries to take advantage of the aspirations of Washington students.”

CEC owned two campuses in Washington, both of which were in Tukwila, but stopped taking students in 2015 and have since closed. However, Ferguson warns that some students may still be going to school online through CEC.

Students will be contacted by CEC for debt relief within 60 days, Ferguson’s office says. Any students with questions about debt relief eligibility can reach out to CEC here.

Currently, CEC only operates American InterContinental University and Colorado Technical University. A complete list of the institutions previously owned by CEC can be found below:

Le Cordon Bleu
Briarcliffe College
Brooks Institute
Brown College
Harrington College of Design
International Academy of Design & Technology (more previously known as Sanford-Brown)

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