Judge eliminates for-profit Decker Colleges $31 million debt to Education Department

Federal judge backs finding that an accreditor misled the Education Department about a now-closed for-profit institution, and relieves most of the college’s debt.

Source: Judge eliminates for-profit Decker Colleges $31 million debt to Education Department

One piece of inaccurate information precipitated Kentucky-based Decker College’s closure more than 10 years ago. That misinformation, provided by Decker’s accreditor to the U.S. Department of Education, about the status of Decker’s distance education program, led the department to terminate the for-profit college’s participation in the federal student aid program. The department also determined that Decker owed more than $32 million in federal aid.

But last week, an administrative law judge ruled that officials representing the former college would no longer have to pay more than $31 million back to the department because the information from the Council on Occupational Education was “factually inaccurate.”

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