Settlement waives more than $850000 in Idaho student debts

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Investigators for the states in the lawsuit found evidence that CEC deceived students about costs, misled them about whether credits would transfer to or from other institutions and misrepresented the potential to find employment. The for-profit education company based out of IL offers mostly online courses through InterContinental University and Colorado Technical University.

Career Education Corporation (CEC) has agreed to stop trying to collect around $493.7 million owed by 179,529 students across the country.

A total of 1,077 Kansans are eligible for student loan debt relief for a total amount of $2,142,116.

"As a result of this settlement, people that have outstanding student debt that was obtained through these specific universities will have that debt removed or relieved".

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The agreement with attorneys general in 48 states plus the District of Columbia mandates added disclosures to students, including a new interactive online financial disclosure tool; bars misrepresentations to prospective students; prohibits enrollment in unaccredited programs; and institutes an extended period when new students can withdraw with no financial obligation. CEC has closed or phased out many of its schools over the past 10 years.

As part of the agreement, CEC does not admit to the conduct alleged by attorneys general.

"If someone feels like they're eligible for debt forgiveness, they should contact CEC directly and let them know they are part of this class of people and that they should be getting some debt relief as well", Brnovich said.