American National Univ. found guilty of violating Ky Consumer Protection Act

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s ruling that American National University, once known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

Attorney General Andy Beshear argued the school broke state law by making deceptive claims on its website about how many of its graduates had found jobs.

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National had campuses in Danville, Florence, Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville and Richmond.

National had argued it wasn’t responsible for the claims because a different corporation made them. That corporation was affiliated with the school and owned by the same man, Frank Longaker.

“This is a win for Kentucky college students who deserve fair and accurate information about their future job prospects and not bogus, inflated numbers fabricated by a school,” Beshear said. “My office will continue to stand up to for-profit colleges that put profits ahead of the educational needs of our Kentucky families.”

The Office of the Attorney General filed its suit against national in Fayette Circuit Court in 2011. After a trial in 2018, National appealed to the Court of Appeals.

If you were misled by National’s employment success rate advertisements, Beshear’s office encourages you to apply to the U.S. Department of Education for loan forgiveness. under the “Borrower Defense to Repayment” regulation.

If you think a private college or loan servicer hasn’t treated you fairly, you can contact the Attorney General’s Office at 502-696-5300 or fill out a complaint form.

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