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For-Profit Westwood College Won’t Accept New Students

For years, Westwood College fought off allegations of deceptive marketing and recruitment practices.

The for-profit institution, based in Colorado under the privately held Alta Colleges company, announced last month that it would stop enrolling new students. That decision came after the college agreed to a settlement with the Illinois attorney general’s office for $15 million.

It wasn’t the first settlement the college, which has a chain of 14 campus locations, has made. In 2012, Westwood settled with the attorney general of Colorado for $4.5 million, also for deceptive marketing. In 2009, the college agreed to a $7 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice related to a complaint about filing false claims for federal student aid.