SOUTH COAST TODAY: Salter School to pay students $3.75 million as part of probe

Career College Central Summary:

  • The Salter School will pay $3.75 million to settle allegations of misrepresenting job placement numbers and using deceptive enrollment tactics, Attorney General Martha Coakley said Friday in a news release.
  • The settlement will be used to pay down students' federal loans and nearly $250,000 in private loan relief and associated payments, according to Coakley.
  • The private, for-profit  technical school has several campuses statewide. The AG's investigation involved alleged deceptive practices at Salter's College's West Boylston campus and The Salter Schools in New Bedford and Fall River.
  • “We allege this for-profit school used misleading recruitment tactics in order to obtain tuition payments and fees from students looking to further their education,” Coakley said.
  • The consent judgment filed in Suffolk Superior Court Thursday alleged Salter “committed unfair or deceptive acts or practices” and requires the school to make certain disclosures in its ads, pre-enrollment materials and website; change some of its practices regarding admissions, certification and placement; and provide career counseling seminars.
  • The school disputed the allegations but agreed to meet the conditions set.
  • “While we dispute the AG’s allegations, we insisted that the resolution of this matter directly benefit our current and former students over the long term,” said Gary Camp, CEO of Premier Education Group in a statement Friday.

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