12 INVESTIGATES: $5M settlement in RSHT class action lawsuit

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A proposed $5 million settlement is in the works for a class action lawsuit against a "for-profit" college in Henrico County.

The court is looking for people who went to the Richmond School of Health and Technology between 2004 and February of this year. You may be able to join the multi-million dollar lawsuit started by several former students.

The students went to the school to become surgical technicians, medical assistants, and billing encoders. These students say they left RSHT without any preparation for certification or licensing tests.

"If you go to the store and you buy something that's not good, what do you do? You take it back and get a refund. I can't take my degree back and get a refund," said La-Deva Dabney.

Dabney signed on to the suit last summer after our stories first aired. She and seven other plaintiffs, like Amanda Smith, make similar claims.

The students say the school - which has a campus at Willow Lawn in Henrico and another in Chester - encourages students to take out large loans for an education the schools knows is inadequate.

If the suit is accepted by a judge, Amanda would get back her $33,000 in loans and fees. Dabney would receive at least $25,000.

If you went to the school, you can still sign on to the suit - but, under the proposal right now, you'd only get a maximum of about $1,000. Call 1-866-897-8900 to find out if you qualify.

We've reached out to the school and are still waiting for attorneys to send us a statement. In the past, RSHT has vehemently denied the allegations in the suit.

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