Kaplan Career Institute and Lincoln Technical Institute have settled with the Massachusetts attorney general, Maura Healey, to resolve allegations of inflating job placement numbers and employing unfair recruiting tactics, Healey’s office said in a written statement. The settlement is part of Healey’s broad pursuit of the for-profit industry. Kaplan agreed to pay about $1.4 million to resolve the suit. Lincoln paid about $1 million. Most of the money will go to help eligible former students who attended the two for-profit chains to pay down their debt.
In a written statement, Kaplan, Inc., said it “emphatically maintains that its actions were compliant and in the best interests of students, who were well-served by the institution.” The settlement did not include a finding of wrongdoing, and Kaplan said it resolved the legal challenge “due to the high cost of protracted litigation.”
Lincoln Technical Institute and Kaplan Career Institute, both for-profit schools, will pay more than $2.3 million in a settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, the AG’s office said Thursday.
The settlements were filed in Suffolk Superior Court, according to a news release from the AG’s office. Both schools had reported job placement rates from its vocational programs of more than 70 percent, but the actual job placement rates were much lower, the news release said.
“We allege these for-profit schools lured hopeful students into enrolling in their vocational programs by promising certain careers, but only left them with substantial debt,” said Attorney General Maura Healey in a prepared statement.
In a statement, Lincoln Technical Institute denied the AG’s allegations.
“Lincoln Technical Institute has been providing students with career-oriented skilled training for nearly 70 years. Our mission is clear: to provide a cost-effective quality education for each of our students with the hope that all of our gradutes obtain employment in their chosen field of studey. We know that perfection does not exist. Yet our 125 employees in the Commonwealth (and nearly 2,500 employees throughout the United States) work hard each and every day to try and fulfill this mission,” said Lincoln Technical Institute in a statement.
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