Are You Eligible For A DeVry Refund?
If you were a student of DeVry University, you may be owed money.
The Federal Trade Commission announced that DeVry has agreed to pay nearly $50 million to the agency for partial refunds to some students, as part of the for-profit college’s FTC settlement for deceptive advertising.
For years, DeVry marketed for new students touting a claimed high employment rate for recent graduates. DeVry ads made claims such as “90% of our grads actively seeking employment had careers in 6 months.” DeVry also claimed that graduates from DeVry would earn more than those graduating with bachelor’s degrees from other colleges or universities.
Advertisements making these claims appeared on television and radio, as well as online and in print and other media.
The Department of Education conducted an investigation, and according to the FTC complaint these representations “are false and unsubstantiated.”
According to the FTC, the amount of each refund will depend on how much you paid the school. Checks are to be sent by mail before the end of this summer.
Who Is Eligible For A Refund
– Anyone who enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree program at DeVry University between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2016
– Students who paid at least $5,000 to the institution using cash, loans, or military benefits
– People who did not receive debt or loan forgiveness as part of this settlement
– Anyone who completed at least one class credit
But Wait, There’s More
As a current or former DeVry student you may have a claim against DeVry, even if you receive some cash or debt relief from the FTC settlement.
Many states, including Texas and California, have consumer protection laws that prohibit businesses from making false, misleading, or deceptive representations.
This is known as the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, often referred to simply as the DTPA. The primary purpose of the DTPA is to protect consumers against false, misleading, and deceptive business practices. The DTPA gives consumers the right to sue for damages.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you chose to become a DeVry student because ads claiming a high employment rate or higher income for graduates, you may be entitled to compensation. The Carlson Law Firm is currently investigating claims against DeVry for current and former students. We believe you may be eligible for refunds and compensation, even if you receive some benefits from the FTC settlement program.
If you or someone you loved attended DeVry in reliance on DeVry’s representations of a high employment rate or higher income for its grads, contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.
The Carlson Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis, so we won’t get paid unless you do.
- Written by Jill Fowler