Information about ITT Tech Closure--NEW!
On September 6, ITT Technical Institute closed its schools across the country, and its Washington campuses in Everett, Seattle and Spokane Valley.
If you are a student who attended one of these schools you will want to connect with the Washington Student Achievement Council, which oversees private degree-granting colleges, including ITT. The Council has created a resource page to help students.
Are you a veteran who used GI Bill benefits at ITT? You'll also want to connect with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to view your next steps.
September 23, 2016, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges (ACICS) annouces
to the U.S. Secretary of Education, its intention to appeal the
decision by the Senior Department Official (SDO) of the U.S. Department of
Education to deny ACICS' continued recognition.
Update: On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education's senior designated official upheld the NACIQI and Department staff recommendations to end recognition of ACICS. The agency has ten calendar days to inform the Department of their intent to appeal the decision to the Secretary of Education if it wishes to do so.
Department of Ed to Make ACICS Decision
On June 23, The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) voted to deny recognition to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The Senior Department Official of the U.S. Department of Education has 90 days to make a decision, based on the recommendations from the NACIQI and the Department staff, which also recommended a denial. As more information becomes available, it will be shared with all ACICS colleges and schools. The Workforce Board has several schools that hold ACICS accreditation, Everest College, Charter College, and the Seattle Film Institute. (Please consult the Department’s website for more details.)
School Notices Changing
Attention Private Vocational Schools that have been licensed for 10 years or less!
The Washington Administrative Code that regulates private vocational
schools was recently revised. There are
several changes to the regulations and we encourage you to become
familiar with them, but we want you to be particularly aware of a change to your
scheduled renewal and Tuition Recovery Trust Fund (TRTF) payment
the next year, we will align your TRTF due dates with your license renewal due
date. This means both TRTF payments
will be due at the same time as your license renewal application. You will receive one notification per year
rather than three. We believe
this will make it easier for you because you'll have just one deadline
to remember. We also hope it results in fewer late fees.
U.S. Education Department Announces Debt Relief for Everest Students
The U.S. Department of Education announced that students who were defrauded at Corinthian Colleges campuses, operating under its Everest and WyoTech brands, in states including Washington, have a clear path to loan forgiveness. Read more about this announcement and how to apply for debt relief.