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.