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Settlement Forgives Student Loans For More Than 7,000 Ohioans

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Thousands of Ohioans are having their student loans forgiven.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine and nearly 40 other attorney generals announced on Monday that nearly $11 million in student loans will be forgiven as part of a nearly $100 million federal settlement with Pennsylvania-based Education Management Corp., which runs for-profit trade schools and colleges.

The firm also agreed to better inform prospective students about the costs and pledged to reform its recruiting practices.

More than 7,000 Ohioans will be affected by the settlement, which applies to former students who enrolled with under 24 hours of transfer credit, withdrew within 45 days of their first term and last attended between 2006 and 2014.

The company owns Brown Mackie College, The Art Institutes, South University, Argosy University and Stautzenberger College.