A Massachusetts for-profit college, accused of defrauding students and indebting them, is moving away from their business.
The Salter College and its parent company, Premier Education Group, agreed Tuesday to provide $ 1.6 million in debt relief to students and close their doors in the state by the time end of the year. The announcement was made on the same day that NBC News published a presentation made in cooperation with The Hechinger Report, which focused specifically on the school.
"Salter College misled students and deprived them of the information they needed to make informed choices about their education," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. "The settlement will provide students with the relief they deserve and will stop this predatory for-profit school from doing business in our state."
Filed in the Suffolk Superior Court, the insurance of the discontinuance of the lawsuits alleges that the companies violated the for-profit and professional regulations of the state aimed at protecting students from deceptive practices.
Under the terms of this agreement, Premier will also pay $ 100,000 to the Commonwealth and clear the credit files of students who would be heavily indebted for certificates that proved almost worthless.
"Premier will only enroll more Massachusetts students, including via the Internet and other remote programs, and should cease all activities by the end of the year." says Healey's release.
"The case concerns specifically some students who have started attending Salter School in Fall River and / or Malden, Salter College West Boylston and / or Chicopee and the Branford Hall Career Institute in Springfield between April 1, 2016. and March 31, 2018. "
NBC News has sent an email to Premier Education Group asking them to comment on the latest developments. There was no immediate answer.