A group of Florida universities have reached a settlement agreement with the Florida Attorney General over complaints about promises and claims made to student in marketing it’s services.
Everglades College, Keiser University, Everglades University, Bar Education, and Keiser Career College have agreed, without admitting any fault, to provide retraining for students that attended the organizations since January 1, 2008 to October 25, 2012.
Under the agreement, eligible students are every student who took classes either online or on campus and withdrew from the schools because they were dissatisfied with the education provided.
Additionally, students that completed degree programs but who were unable to find jobs in the field for which they were trained, are eligible as well.
Vouchers will be available and shall cover the total tuition charges, technology
fees, book charges, and any other fees charged.
The schools have agreed to make good faith efforts to reach all eligible students by email and postal mail and notified students will only have ninety days from notification to take advantage of this unique offer.
As part of this settlement the schools will no longer pay enrollment incentive commissions to employees that are directly responsible for admissions or financial aid.
Unfortunately the agreement reached with the State of Florida appears to provide an incentive for the schools to not reenroll students since is more than 25 percent of the students agree to the enhanced retraining provisions in the settlement the schools will then “donate the amount of $375,000.00 (three hundred seventy-five thousand dollars) to the scholarship fund(s) designated by the Department.”
The schools will also pay $175,000 to the State as compensation for attorneys’ fees and investigation costs. – SourceFlorida Universities Agree to Provide Free Education to Eligible Students by Steve Rhode