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As part of the FTC’s settlement with DeVry University for deceptive advertising, the school agreed to pay $49.4 million to the FTC for partial refunds to some students. The FTC plans to mail checks before the end of the summer to people who:

  • enrolled for the first time in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program at DeVry University between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2015;
  • paid at least $5,000 with cash, loans or military benefits;
  • did not get debt or loan forgiveness as part of this settlement; and
  • completed at least one class credit.

The amount of each refund will depend on how much a person paid to DeVry. The refunds will not be the full amount of money people paid.

The FTC will use DeVry’s records to identify students eligible for refunds. If you were a DeVry student between January 1, 2008 and September 30, 2015, you don’t need to do anything to apply for a refund. If you think you might be eligible, and your address has changed since you attended DeVry, you can call the FTC refund administrator at 844-578-2645 to update your address.

For information about the DeVry redress program, visit FTC.gov/DeVry and sign up for email updates. To learn more about repaying federal student aid, check out the Department of Education’s loan repayment page.

Note: On May 11, 2017, we edited this post to clarify that a student had to enroll in a degree program for the first time between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2015.

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These payments are part of the FTC's settlement with DeVry University and applies only to DeVry students.

Why were graduate degree's excluded? Is there a plan for Graduate level students?

I was wondering the same. I received my Masters from Devry and not Keller graduate. Are we still elligible?

Only students who were enrolled in Bachelor's or Associate's degree programs between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2015 are eligible.

I feel that I meet all the requirements, enrolled in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program at DeVry University between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2015;( I was enrolled in at 2013 to 2016) paid at least $5,000 with cash, loans or military benefits; My loans are 52K did not get debt or loan forgiveness as part of this settlement; and No loan forgiveness completed at least one class credit. I completed all 64 Credit Hours

I'm in the same boat except mine are 15k. It seems now there is some disparity whether loans were private or federal and federal ones won't be eligible. Oh and Navient loans are being considered as federal? Really confused.

I got one too from Keller! 100K in debt and no way to pay it back cause couldn't find a job in that career field!!

Hello, I need clarity on this. I was a student from the summer of 2007 to the fall of 2011. I 'was' enrolled in a Bachelors Degree program during that entire time. The wording of the first bullet point isn't clear on whether I would or would not be eligible. Can you please clarify? I've seen on multiple occasions the wording "if you paid for classes between X and Y", which leads me to be confused. I did not enroll for the 'first time' in my Bachelors degree program in 2008, rather I continued to be enrolled through 2007-2011. Can you please help me out with this?

I'm sorry for the confusion. To be eligible, a person had to start their enrollment for the first time between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2015.  Because you enrolled for the first time in 2007, you aren't eligible for this refund program related to the settlement.

.... wow

My thoughts exactly!!!

I started in fall 2007 as well right after highschool graduation and now im screwed out of this settlement as well!

I'm in the same boat - June 2007 through june 2011... I filed for Student forgiveness. US department of education - application for borrower defense to loan repayment. Look it up, worth a try!

Did you get a reply back if they were forgiven?

maybe if those that enrolled before 2008, submit a petition to the ftc, the ftc would consider entertaing pursuing more reparations. We should keep in mind that we would have to prove how we were coaxed into the scam(e-mail,brochure, etc.).

This is so not fair! I started the Bachelor program in Sept 2007 because of the salary and job placement ad. And now I will not be getting a refund from the lawsuit! The FTC did a bad job negotiating that settlement. It was clearly not enough for all Devry students that were scammed. I paid off the private loans, so I will not also get a loan forgiveness from Devry! This lawsuit does not relieve any financial hardship from the $150k student loan I owe from getting a Bachelor and MBA with Devry!

I'm in the same boat. I enrolled July of 2007- Spring of 2011 and will not get a penny from this settlement because of the ridiculous start date parameter of Janurary, 1 2008. A 5 months time difference!I meet all of the other requirements, used my military benefits and all yet will receive NADA!!!

So what if you enrolled in 2007 but withdrew and was refunded and did not enroll again until 2008?

To be eligible for a partial refund from the FTC, a student had to enroll in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program at DeVry University for the first time between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2015 and meet other eligibility criteria.

Bridget, why is that? The argument here is that somebody completed the Associate program and decided to stay with DeVry and enroll in their Bachelor's program due to misleading adds, and not go someplace else for the Bachelor's degree.

Is there anything we (people who went to devry before 2008) can do? DEVRY has scam us also and financial aide withheld information. Making me take multiple loans and then final year they tell me i have exceeded my loan amount for undergrad and had to take a devry loan to finish my last semester and before i was abt to walk across the stage they stop me to inform me i am missing a class after they had already sign off for me to graduate. I feel Devry is fraud, their staff give miss information. I do not recommended anyone not even my enemy to Devry. High Devry is what I call them.

so since i enrolled from 2006-2009 i am not eligible? Even though they sold me the same promises of the poeple enrolled in 2008?

To be eligible for a partial refund from the FTC, a student had to enroll for the first time between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2015.

The trimester for January 1, 2008 started October of 2007. Unmmm.....HELLLO. HELP PLEASE

So if I've moved literally five times since I was enrolled at deVry will they still be able to find my current address?

If you think you might be eligible, and your address has changed since you attended DeVry, you can call the FTC refund administrator at 844-578-2645 to update your address.

Wrong! I called that number and they're telling me they can't update my address over the phone!

Same thing. I get was seems like a 20 minute automated message, then it prompts me to hit "0" for more options. I hit "0" and I either get a voicemail that immediately drops the call, or the call just drops.

I called on May 3rd. I was allowed to change my address but not my name. I divorced since leaving DeVry.

You have to fax it with your name in the fax or your claim number. Also you can mail it to them.

No one every answer the phone or calls you back.

What's the percentage that will be refunded?

I'd like to know this as well.

The FTC will distribute the $49.5 million settlement fund among 175,000 eligible students. Each student will get back a percentage of the total amount the student paid to attend DeVry. If some people don’t cash their checks, the FTC will use the remaining money to send a second round of checks.

Ha ha! It's going need to be .002%! 49.5 million/175,000 = 282 dollars! What a joke, It's probably costing me more money as a tax payer to pay for FTC to do all this pointless processing!

Why is everyone surprised at this number? It's the FEDERAL trade commission they are not going to get rid of your FEDERAL loans. They make too much money off of them. Hell I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't work with some of these corrupted lieing schools to keep their incomes rolling in.

Looks like roughly $250.00 based on the math..thats nothing compared to my $43k federal loans used to attend the school!

So anyone who got a Masters degree is not getting anything?

The refunds are for people who were enrolled in Bachelor's or Associate's programs.

Hi Bridget do you know the percentage amount? How many stuendt are inbolde in the refund process?

I will need to update my address since it has changed since I was enrolled at Devry University. I called the FTC refund administrator number and I got a recorded message

You have to sit on the call until the entire message plays. It will then play a bunch of automated questions and answers and give you the chance to press 0 to speak with someone. I had to wait on hold about 20 minutes to get someone. When I spoke to them they said they currently didnt have a database with information in it but they could take down my information so that once everything was setup they could ensure that the address was correct and/or updated as needed. I did my due diligence a few months ago when I heard about this and figured that the FTC would get their information from DeVry in the form of a data dump of students and their current information so I went out to the alumni site and updated my address there as well. Just covering all the bases.

I just logged back into the Devry website and updated my personal address as well. I agree with you, they will probably get a file with all of our info - better to update with the source.

Interesting. I was told they couldn't take my information down over the phone and that I had to mail it out to them.

I just called the FTC administrator and they confirmed my address and that i would be a part of the refund, just that amounts have yet to be determined. This is definitely goodish news for me but it leaves me with a couple more questions.
Since all of my loans are federal loans, am I understanding it correctly that if I had just taken out personal loans my debt would have been wiped completely but now it wont?
If i take this check, will it prevent me from successfully winning a case for borrowers defense?
Shouldn't all federal loans for these people who get a refund be wiped away just like the private loans were?
of my some 60k in college debt, 40k is to devry, when will i find out how much % my debt is being refunded?
I have loans that ive put in forebarence to await this settlement and I would like to try to figure out where I should go next.
There is a lot of information about where to apply for borrowers repayment but again, if i fall into the group that gets a partial refund, why wouldn't i get a whole refund like those that took out private loans. I would think the government loans would want to recoup from DeVry just as much as the private loans?

Brian, I have some information about your "personal loans" question.

The FTC's settlement with DeVry University has a couple parts. In one part, DeVry had to provide $50.6 million in loan and debt forgiveness for students who owed money directly to DeVry. Students who got loans directly from DeVry between September 1, 2008 and September 30, 2015, and still owed on those loans, got the loans forgiven. Those students got loan forgiveness, because DeVry could forgive loans it made itself. The settlement also required DeVry to cancel $20.25 million in debts students owed to DeVry University for things like tuition, books and lab fees. If you owed loans or debts to DeVry for the relevant time period, you should have gotten a letter or email from DeVry about the forgiveness.

In another part of the settlement, DeVry had to provide $49.4 million that the FTC is using to provide partial refunds to some students. That's what this blog is about. Students who meet the eligibility criteria listed in this blog are eligible for a partial refund. If someone already got debt or loan forgiveness directly from DeVry, they aren't eligible for a partial refund.

I want to clarify: I received a forgiveness of my private loan balance through DeVry. But I also paid over $5,000 prior to the forgiveness. The way I understand this I am exempt from an FTC check because of the forgiveness I already received. Correct?

If you already got debt or loan forgiveness as part of this settlement you are not eligible for a partial refund from the FTC.

I am curious to know how the debt forgiveness was determined as opposed to the refund. Although I am grateful for the refund this in no way makes up for the amount of debt that I have accrued.

Is there a list that is being put out by the FTC naming people who will be receiving the refund?

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