Federal Trade Commission Opens Broad Investigation of U. of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix is the subject of an extensive investigation by the Federal Trade Commission to determine whether it engaged in deceptive practices, according to a corporate filing on Wednesday by its parent company, the Apollo Education Group.

Details about the inquiry are scant, but, according to the filing, the commission is seeking “information regarding a broad spectrum of the business and practices” at the giant for-profit educator, “including in respect of marketing, recruiting, enrollment, financial aid, tuition and fees, academic programs, academic advising, student retention, billing and debt collection, complaints, accreditation, training, military recruitment, and other compliance matters” since January 2011.

The news comes amid a larger trend of federal scrutiny of how for-profit colleges operate.

The company said in the filing that it planned to “cooperate fully” with the investigation.

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