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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.

In late September 2023, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will forgive nearly $37 million in federal loans for more than 1,200 students affected by the University of Phoenix’s deceptive practices, based in part on the FTC’s 2019 case.

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