Former students sue college that abruptly closed

BOSTON (AP) — Students who attended a Massachusetts college that abruptly closed have filed a class-action lawsuit against the school, administrators and trustees.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Boston alleges that Mount Ida College officials deliberately misled students about the severity of its financial problems before it closed in May. The Newton campus was sold for $75 million to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which is using the site for career development programs.

The suit says the consequences of the closing were “catastrophic” for students, forcing them to hastily find alternative institutions and leaving some with credits or degree programs that cannot be transferred.

Messages were left with the former chairwoman of Mount Ida’s trustees and with a lawyer who has represented the school’s former president.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

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