Nearly three hundred students who enrolled on Ashford University’s online program are now receiving payments in tuition refunds, according to the office of Iowa attorney general.

As per a settlement reached last year with Attorney General Tom Miller, 296 former Iowa students are receiving $5,240,000. The Consumer Protection Division is distributing the refunds that range from approximately $1,000 to $55,000.

“While these refund amounts sound like impressive amounts–and they are–these payments still won’t cover the huge debts that these Iowans racked up while seeking teaching certificates that they couldn’t obtain upon completion of their Ashford online degree,” Miller said.

“Students who were led to believe that they’d be licensed to teach in a classroom learned the hard way that their online teaching degrees fell far short,” he added.

Though Ashford’s on-campus program in Clinton is regionally accredited, the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners does not recognize its online College of Education programs as approved teacher preparation programs.

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