The University of Phoenix, Inc.

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Case Status:
Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff, v. The University of Phoenix, Inc., an Arizona corporation; and Apollo Education Group, Inc., an Arizona corporation; Defendants.
FTC Matter/File Number:

152 3231

Civil Action Number:


Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Federal Court:
District of Arizona

Case Summary

In December 2019, the FTC announced The University of Phoenix and its parent company agreed to pay a record $191 million to resolve allegations that they used deceptive advertisements falsely touting their relationships and job opportunities with companies such as AT&T, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Twitter, and The American Red Cross. The settlement order requires UOP to pay $50 million in cash, as well as cancel $141 million in debts owed to the school by students harmed by the deceptive ads.

In March 2021, the FTC sent payments totaling nearly $50 million to more than 147,000 UOP students who may have been lured by allegedly deceptive advertisements.