12 Investigates: RSHT students may be owed money

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Thousands of people could be eligible for a piece of a class action lawsuit against the Richmond School of Health and Technology.

A judge approved a $5 million settlement deal for RSHT. If you attended either of the school's locations, in Henrico or in Chesterfield, between July 1, 2004 and February 28, 2013, you may be owed money.

Sade Battle's been fighting to get her money back. She says after spending two years at the Richmond School of Health and Technology, she was never able to get a job as a home health nurse. No one would accept her credits from the school.

"That was one of the things that really drew RSHT to me, the hands-on experience, and that's one of the things that their commercials really advertised, and to know that I was paying $10,000 to pretend to put sheets on a bed, was just beyond devastating," said Battle.

She and eight other people, like Ladeva Dabney and Amanda Smith, say RSHT ripped them off.

"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 Dabney.

The lawsuit refers to the school as a "sham" and a "scheme." The suit alleges the school got students to take out large loans for an education the school knows the students could never use.

"If you promise something, you have to stand up and uphold your promise," said Battle.

As part of the settlement agreement, the school will set aside $5 million to reimburse as many as 4,162 students. Despite paying up, the school does not admit any wrong doing. In fact, it's changed its name to the Chester Career college.

If you are eligible to get part of the settlement, you will be getting a notice in the mail.

You can also call 1-866-897-8900 to make sure they have your correct information or to see if you qualify. You have 90 days from July 25 to fill out the paper work. Depending on how many people apply, the minimum you would get is around $800.

The named parties in the suit will get their loan money back, in addition to $10,000. Another 75 people, who gave depositions in the case, are eligible for $3,000.

The attorney that represented the students, Glenn Schlactus, with the law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax, says the checks will be paid out between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In a statement, the attorney for RSHT, Christopher  Perkins, says "In addition to $5 million in monetary relief, the settlement provides for continued reporting by the school regarding its students' success and career placement. These measures will improve and strengthen the school as it continues its mission of education, graduating and assisting in the employment of hundreds of students in various medical fields in and around Richmond."

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