|June 13, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced an agreement with MedVance Institute that requires the school to offer retraining to eligible students at no cost and to direct $600,000 toward Florida scholarships. MedVance is a healthcare training school with four campuses in Florida. Under the agreement, the school must: clearly and conspicuously disclose specific information relating to the school's accreditation, state licensing requirements, and financial aid; not make certain representations; and modify its arbitration provisions so that students can receive quick resolutions to pending grievances. The settlement agreement entered today resolves allegations that students were misled by marketing claims.
“Students should be able to trust that the marketing information they received from any educational institution is complete and accurate,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I am pleased that MedVance has cooperated fully with my office and demonstrated a commitment to act responsibly.”
MedVance Institute has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Port St. Lucie, and West Palm Beach. The Attorney General’s Office initiated an investigation of MedVance in response to complaints about alleged misrepresentations in marketing to potential students relating to the admission process, deadlines for enrollment, and cost of the programs.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, students who attended specific MedVance programs between Jan.1, 2008 and March 31, 2012 and were unable to find employment despite diligent efforts will qualify for retraining. Generally, retraining will be available for those who participated in programs in which the placement rate for graduates was less than 70 percent. Eligibility will vary by campus, and eligible students will be notified by MedVance within the next 60 days.
Follow the link to view the agreement: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/JMEE-8V8QLJ/$file/MedVance.pdf