Salter College must close its doors and pay off $ 1.6 million in student debt
A small for-profit technical college with a campus in West Boylston will close and pay more than $ 1.6 million in debt relief to resolve allegations it misled students about student loans, the placement in the program and graduation rates.
Salter College, the private two-year technical college in West Boylston is operated by parent company Premier Education Group, which also operates the Salter School in Fall River and Malden.
In addition to wiping out $ 1.6 million in student loan debt, the school will seek to forgive student credit agencies for negative debt reports, in accordance with an agreement with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. , Maura Healey.
The school can no longer enroll students in Massachusetts and all operations in the state must cease by the end of the year.
“Salter College has misled students and deprived them of the information they need to make informed choices about their education,” Healey said in a statement. “This regulation will give students the relief they deserve and prevent this predatory for-profit school from doing business in our state.”
According to Healey’s office, the school in 2014 resolved similar allegations via a consent judgment that forced the school to pay $ 3.75 million on top of inflated placement rates and misleading enrollments.
According to the school’s website, the Salter School was established in Worcester in 1937. It was acquired in 2002 by Premier Education Group and was allowed to change its name to Salter College in 2007.
It offered degrees in science, accounting, medical assistant and office administration.
The West Boylston campus is located at Wachusett Plaza on West Boylston Street.