Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Student Wins Tuition Refund in Sweden for Program with 'No ... Value'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Student Wins Tuition Refund in Sweden for Program with 'No ... Value'

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STOCKHOLM * A Swedish college has been ordered to refund tuition fees to an American business student for giving her a poor economics education.

The Vastmanland court ruled Tuesday that the Malardalen University's two-year program "Analytical Finance" that Connie Askenback attended from 2011 to 2013 "had no practical value."

The court noted that Sweden's Higher Education Authority had expressed in 2013 criticism of the program, and ordered the college to pay her back her tuition fees of 170,182 kronor ($20,544) plus interest.

"It really feels good," Askenback said in a statement issued by the independent, nonprofit Center for Justice group, which took the case.

"It is an important vindication and now I can finally continue studying as I originally thought. …

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