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FTC Refunds Former DeVry Students

July 6, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission began mailing more than $49 million in refund checks to former DeVry University students Wednesday as part of a settlement between the for-profit institution and the agency. DeVry agreed to the $100 million settlement after the FTC sued the institution for its use of employment statistics in advertising.

The 173,000 refund checks will go to students who attended the college between 2008 and 2015; paid at least $5,000 with cash, loans or military benefits; did not benefit from debt or loan forgiveness; and completed at least one class credit. The checks, however, will expire 60 days after they are mailed.

In a separate settlement, former DeVry students in Massachusetts will also receive about $455,000 in refunds due to a suit against the institution for allegedly misleading students about job placement rates.

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Ashley A. Smith

Ashley A. Smith, Reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for the Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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