Two for-profit colleges in Massachusetts -- Kaplan Career Institute and Lincoln Technical Institute -- are agreeing to pay former students a total of $2.3 million to settle charges of unfair practice levied against them by the state attorney general.

According to a report in Digital Journal, "The two schools will end up paying out millions of dollars to students, and this will resolve claims of using unfair recruiting tactics. The schools also allegedly inflated job placement numbers in order to tempt students into enrolling at their schools."

The settlement with Kaplan resolves claims relating to its medical vocational program, while Lincoln's resolution relates to allegations pertaining to its criminal justice program.

For more than two years, Massachusetts's attorney general has aggressively investigated claims that for-profit schools oversell and under deliver in the promises they make to working adults relating to job placement and other aspects of their programs.  Unfortunately, other states, including Michigan, have very lax regulation by their top law enforcement officers with little or no meaningful oversight of for-profit schools.



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