FRAUD CASE: Online School To Repay Students

Patrick Kean

Patrick Kean

Iowa’s Attorney General says an online school was defrauding the state’s students.

Ashford University and its parent company have agreed to pay over $7 million in a settlement for violating Iowa’s Consumer Fraud Act.

During a three year investigation, the AG’s office found the school performed a variety of fraudulent activities including misleading or lying to perspective students and using high-pressure sales tactics.

Patrick Kean used funds from his GI Bill to get his teaching degree from Ashford. When he finished the two-year program he found out he wasn’t eligible to teach anywhere.

“I was clearly ripped off. Clearly. I don’t think there’s any other way to describe it. When you come out with nothing but a piece of paper for $30,000 it’s not a good deal,” says Kean.

He is now working though a different school to get his masters so he can teach.

The Attorney General says information on how students can apply for a reimbursement will be released at a later date.

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