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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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I attended Devry from 2008 to 2011 when I graduated and then followed on to go to Keller Graduate School. Will this still pertain to my time at Devry and when will I know if I am included in this?

You might be eligible for a refund if you enrolled for the first time at DeVry between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2015 and meet the other qualifications.

How much is the percentage of payment?

I enrolled in 2005, but I was a student in 2008-2010. Do I qualify? I had loans taken out.

To be eligible for this refund program, a person had to start their enrollment for the first time between January 1, 2008 and October 1, 2015.

That's real garbage. Honestly. Genuine garbage.

This makes No Sense. I have the original documents from when I enrolled in spring of 2006 with the same hiring and salary statistics that were continued to be used while I went to this school through 2010. This is not helping even a fraction of the students it should.

I've been trying to find this information. Where came I find this?

At what percent of money paid to Devry from Jan 2008 to Sep 2015 will be received? If it is on an individual basis, what criteria is used to determine percentages?

They're really avoiding this answer.

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.

I was enrolled and paid cash. I was promised job placement, Certification for my courses in security, and grants (which ended up being loans), but were referred to as grants.

To date Devry hasn't helped me one bit with actual work search. Their supposed job placement go to Devry.Edu and find a job and apply.

I paid cash back to DEVRY. in full. How will I know if I will receive any help for my lost time and money?

In response to your question about money, please look at these conditions and see if you'll be eligible for a FTC refund. The FTC plans to mail checks before the end of the summer to people who:

  • enrolled 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.

Does this include students that took out loans with the Fed Gov't? Such as Sallie Mae? Wondering why they don't mention that type of detail?

I have the same question, I took out student loans, does this apply?

I think you're asking what kind of loans are included in this bullet : paid at least $5,000 with cash, loans or military benefits.

The answer is : it doesn’t matter what kind of loan you used to pay your tuition, as long you did not use a DeVry institutional loan that was issued directly by DeVry. For example, a student could have used a federal student loan or a loan from a bank,  credit union or other source.

What about a loan from your parents?

I called the number and waited for about an hour and the lady who got my call told me that to update our addresses, we either FAX them the information or send them through mail. Here are the info: Fax Number: 952.404.5750 Snail Mail: ATTN: FTC vs. Devry P.O. Box 2008 Chanhassen, MN 55317-2008.

Further more, I'd like to add that I have had to re-learn all the material on my own. The courses are a joke. At the time I thought we were learning, but honestly we were being ripped off. I lost a lot of money. How can I get in touch with someone to verify any information.? To verify Devry has my correct address, that my records are up to date?

call 844-578-2645 and press 0
an agent can let you know if you are on the list and can update your address if necessary. However, they cannot tell you how much you will get because they don't have that information yet.

Is there a more thorough criteria list for eligibility available or is it just based on the bullet points above? Currently I meet all that is listed but am prepared for a gotcha since I haven't even received the initial letter that was supposedly sent in January. Also, what kind of percentage of a refund is being considered for the students affected?

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.

I'm praying my math is off..but 49.5 million/175000 students =282.86 (and that's just if it's split evenly)....when will we know the percentage? When we get the check?

Is loan forgiveness part of this or is it just a refund that would have to be applied by the recipient to a student loan?

This update is about the FTC's plan to mail refund checks to students. Loan forgiveness is not part of the FTC's refund plan.

Thanks, Bridget. Can we get any sense of what percentage of our tuition we should expect to get back?

Are we eligible for a refund for money paid ONLY during that timeframe or all money paid during and AFTER that timeframe.

I started in May 2015. Would I be eligible for the money I paid May-end of September or everything I paid AFTER May 2015?

The above says to call the FTC refund administrator at 844-578-2645 to update your address, but at no point in the message does it lead you to update your address. How do I go about doing this?

You have press zero and wait about an hour for someone to pick up only to tell you that they can't update your address over the phone and that you have to sent a letter with your updated information to FTC. lol Seriously.

I was enrolled from 2005-2010 in a bachelor's program.

I took out student loans for school.

I completed more than one class credit.

I did not have any loans forgiven. (If I did, where would I find this?)

Do I qualify?

I can't tell you if you qualify. Please consider the eligibility criteria in this blog, and think about your circumstances.

The bullet that says "did not get debt or loan forgiveness as part of this settlement" is about whether you got any debt or loan forgiveness directly from DeVry for debts or loans you owed to DeVry. Some students owed money to DeVry for tuition or lab fees or loans they had directly with DeVry. As part of the FTC settlement with DeVry, DeVry had to forgive and cancel the entire unpaid balance of all private student loans issued by DeVry University between September 1, 2008 and September 30, 2015 and cancel $20.25 million in debts currently owed to DeVry University by eligible students for things such as tuition, books and lab fees. Did you get email or letters from DeVry about loan or debt forgivess?

If you still have questions, you can call the FTC refund administrator at 844-578-2645.

Does this apply to those who graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing that is also a Devry school?

Bridget,
One of the requirements is "•paid at least $5,000 with cash, loans or military benefits". What do they mean by loans? Federal loans or private loans? And what is the percentage that would calculate the refund? Thanks,

If you paid at least $5,000 with federal loans or loans from a bank or credit union or private lending company, you could meet the qualification of having paid at least $5,000 with loans.  BUT - a loan that was issued directly from DeVry University itself does not qualify.

I want to add to my answer. The FTC’s settlement with DeVry has two main parts:

  • $49.4 million cash (the “refund pool”), which will be used to pay partial refunds; and
  • debt forgiveness, including forgiveness of institutional loans that DeVry directly issued to students

I think you’re asking if you can be part of the refund pool considering the type of loan you used to pay your tuition. If you paid at least $5,000, and you meet the other criteria we listed, it doesn’t matter what kind of loan you used to finance your tuition payment as long as it was not a DeVry institutional loan that was issued directly by DeVry: You can be part of the refund pool.

Has anyone applied and have been successful with get loan forgiveness from govt loans? Also, if we received a check in January for our refund from the loan payment do we qualify for this check?

If the loans were federal loans, would I still be eligible? I meet all the requirements.

Ms. Small, regarding Graduate programs, I suggest you get familiar with the meaning of DeVry. According to the compliant means: DeVry Education Group Inc., DeVry University, Inc., and DeVry/New York Inc., their successors and assigns, individually, collectively, or in any combination, and any of their subsidiaries located in the United States or marketing to United States consumers. You may also refer to the following link: https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/161215_devry_stipulatio...

Keller Graduate School of Management should have been included in this lawsuit since it is up under the DeVry umbrella. Not fair that graduate students are still saddled with debt and no jobs either!!!

Same here, they promised us high paying jobs too. They showed me literature promising me $80,000 after I graduated. I make $46,000 and am 41,000 in debt with the government. Sure I can make $80,000 but I need like 10 years of experience. They said I could get a job this high after graduating. All their job fairs have nothing anywhere close to this amount for my majors. Scammers. We were promised the same thing as well. I graduated in 2011 and am still not working in my field! We should get something for our grief.We joined the school based off of these empty promises. I would have sat on the two year wait list at the states Univeristy if I was not made these promises :( I am filing for borrowers defense.

As a Parent who took out a plus loan, will i get a refund or the student get refunded on the his/her loan + the parent plus loan.?

The FTC will use DeVry’s records to identify students who are eligible for refunds. If the student is eligible, the student would get the refund.

One thing a student must do to be eligible is to have paid at least $5,000 with cash, loans or military benefits. If the student paid with parent PLUS loans, and the student meets the rest of the eligibility criteria, the refund will go to the student.

Please all on here file a Borrower's Defense against repayment. Only hope... this refund will be so low... might only be 1k.... = 1/60th the cost. What a joke....

Have you done so and if so we're you successful?

I have filed for Borrower's Defense. I haven't heard anything yet, but something may come of it, especially if enough of us start submitting. I urge people to at least try. It was a fairly simple process (at least the initial steps) and you just never know.

I will not qualify for this refund from the FTC because I began at Devry in 2006, back when they were doing the exact same song and dance. How does the FTC not see that?

I had a recruiter come to my house in 2007 and lie to me about everything in order to get me to enroll, but I enrolled in the summer of 2007 and apparently Im not eligible. No idea what to do now

So I just got done talking to the FTC representative and she said that they were just given the list of people receiving the refunds. Unfortunately, my name is not on that list. and I've met all the requirements. What do I do next?

Did you call a number? What was it?

Call 844-578-2645 and push 0

How did you talk to one? Was it by phone? Could I get the number from you?

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