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The University of Chicago resolves an antitrust case involving elite Universities

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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The University of Chicago, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, has settled an antitrust lawsuit with several other top universities, including Duke University, Emory University, and Vanderbilt University. The lawsuit accused the universities of engaging in anti-competitive practices in their admissions processes, including agreements not to compete for each other's students.

The lawsuit was filed in 2018 by a group of students who claimed that the universities had violated antitrust laws by colluding to suppress competition for students. The students argued that the universities had agreed not to solicit or recruit each other's students, limiting students’ choices and reducing the amount of financial aid available.

Under the terms of the settlement, the universities have agreed to refrain from certain anti-competitive practices in their admissions processes. Specifically, they have agreed not to make agreements with other universities not to compete for students, not to share sensitive information about students' financial aid offers, and not to use certain types of financial aid offers that could be seen as anti-competitive.

The settlement also includes a payment of $16 million by the universities, which will be used to provide scholarships to students who were affected by the alleged anti-competitive practices.

The settlement is a significant victory for the students who brought the lawsuit and advocates of competition in higher education. Universities are strongly reminded that they must compete for students based on merit. Instead of working together to restrict students' options and cut back on the amount of financial help accessible to them.

The settlement also serves as a reminder that antitrust enforcement can reach even some of the most esteemed institutions in the nation. The case emphasizes how crucial it is to maintain competition so that students may access the best instruction and financial aid options.

For students, universities, and the higher education system as a whole, the settlement represents a good step. It reaffirms the idea that competition is crucial for guaranteeing that students have access to the greatest educational programs and financial assistance options, and it makes it quite plain that anti-competitive behavior won't be accepted.

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