CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Mountain State University students could start receiving their piece of the pie as early as March, after a three-judge mass litigation panel approved the settlement at a final hearing Thursday.
“Once MSU lost that accreditation, everything fell apart. All the pieces came undone, and you all had to try to put something back together.”
Beckley attorney Steve New said he and his clients are relieved that this four-year process is finally drawing to a close.
New said disbursement funds will include $8.5 million from United Educators, $8 million from West Virginia University for the sale of the MSU Beckley campus and $2 million from Viking Way Holdings LLC for the Martinsburg campus (pending any unforeseen roadblocks), and possibly some additional monies from the U.S. Department of Education for reimbursement for student loans that MSU had advanced.
Attorneys’ fees and costs will be taken first, then the money will be awarded to plaintiffs on a points-based scale, with nursing students receiving the highest priority…