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A Judge Awarded $2.75 Million To Students Because A University Made False Promises

George Brown College misled students about what credentials they would receive.

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George Brown College has agreed to pay out $2.7 million to 108 former students for making false claims about one of its programs.

The settlement concludes a class action lawsuit students had launched against the Toronto college.

George Brown had claimed that students would achieve three industry designations when they completed an eight-month international business management program.

In fact, the college had no agreement in place with industry associations and students did not receive their promised designations.

"The students were, to say the least, disappointed. Some were devastated. They had travelled from as far away as China and India and had paid hefty tuition fees," wrote Ontario Superior Court justice Edward Belobaba.

Katrina Ramdath, one of the two students who launched the lawsuit in 2009, told the Toronto Star the settlement was a "bittersweet" end. She had quit her job at a bank to take George Brown's international trade program in the hopes of launching a higher-paying career.

"It finally happened after eight years, so there’s a sigh of relief, but I still don’t have that designation I had wanted and thought I was going to get through the course," she told the newspaper.

The classes were largely attended by international students. They'll now be entitled to receive up to $22,484 each. Domestic students can receive up to $16,427.

The college's insurance provider will be making the payments.

Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Paul McLeod at paul.mcleod@buzzfeed.com.

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