Former students want more in Daymar College settlement

Aimee Requena was devastated when she found out her Medical Assisting degree from Daymar College was worthless and the countless hours she spent studying were a waste of time.

In September, then Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced a multimillion-dollar settlement with Daymar College.

"It’s not the fact that it’s the money," says Requena. "It’s our time."

Conway’s office says more than 8,000 former students are eligible to receive a portion of the $1.2 million.

Requena is one of those former students, but says her cut doesn’t come close to covering her losses.

"I was really hurt inside, because I worked hard," says Requena.

Alan Hopkins feels the same way.

"(I’m) shocked to see how much they’re going to offer," says Hopkins.

Hopkins says he’s given Daymar more than $30,000 out of his own pocket to pay for tuition.

"I feel we students should be owed what we spent our money and our hard-earning on, for what we worked two-and-a-half years for: to get our degree," says Hopkins.

Attorney Emily Roark from Bryant Law Center says they put blood, sweat and tears into this case, fighting to get more money for students.

"So, do I wish our students got more money? Of course I do, but this is where we were at the time," says Roark. "And this is what I believe is the most students are going to get out of this litigation."

As part of the settlement, Daymar also agreed to forgive $11 million-worth of student loans.

However, if you have loans from other sources including the federal government, you must contact them about debt forgiveness.

Claims must be returned to the attorney general’s office no later than Thursday, Dec. 10.

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