Reflecting a growing trend of civil enforcement actions taking aim at for-profit colleges, last month Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller reached a $7.25 million settlement with a for-profit college accused of misleading students regarding its educational programs while pressuring them to enroll. At least four federal government agencies and 22 states’ attorneys general are investigating or seeking legal action against for-profit educational institutions. The state actions have focused on violations of state consumer protection or unfair and deceptive trade practices laws.  Akin to the claims brought in the Iowa settlement, other for-profit colleges have also reached multi-million dollar settlements with state attorney generals following allegations that students were deceived as to the value or recognition of for-profit college’s certifications for subjects such as psychology, law enforcement, and nursing.
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