Hundreds of Pennsylvania students who attended the now-bankrupt ITT Technical Institute will receive $5.3 million in student loan debt relief as part of a national settlement. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shaprio said 570 former ITT students will have their student loan debt canceled as part of a multi-state settlement.
“With the private student loan program that ITT and CUSO established, ITT Tech was able to take advantage of thousands of hardworking students who were simply trying to complete their education,” Shapiro said in a statement.
The national settlement provides $168 million for more than 18,000 students harmed by abusive lending practices. ITT Tech targeted “low income” students who could not afford to pay tuition out of pocket and relied on federal loans to pay for school, according the settlement. A coalition of 44 states reached a settlement with Student CU Connect CUSO LLC, which was managing the loans for ITT.
ITT Tech had more than 136 campuses in 38 states when it shut down in September 2016. This $600 million settlement cancels all the student loan debt owed to the school.
The agreement specifically deals with student borrowers who attended ITT Tech between the years 2006 and 2016. The settlement also returns $3 million to students who made payments on their loan to the school after the school’s parent company, ITT Educational declared bankruptcy in 2016.
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