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Private Career Schools

The Workforce Board licenses and regulates around 325 private career schools doing business in the state of Washington. The agency also investigates student complaints and administers a fund that reimburses students affected by a school closure.

Information for Students

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Before you choose a private career school, check to be sure it's licensed with the state. View our current list of licensed schools.

Complaints Against a School

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Information for School Administrators



More information. Call the Workforce Board at 360-709-4600.



News Release - January 2, 2018

Washington State Attorney General's Office releases information on student loan report. Read the full story.

Guide to Student Loans

Department of Financial Institutions provides important information and resources on how to manage student loans successfully,

Information about Altierus Career College Closure -

Altierus Career College, formerly Everest College, will teach out and close its two Washington campuses in Everett and Tacoma. No new enrollments will be accepted and current students will be able to complete their respective programs; about 290 Washington students are affected by the news. For more information, view the news release or contact the Workforce Board at 360-709-4600.

Information about ITT Tech Closure

Are you an ITT student looking for your 1098-T? Heartland ECSI may be able to help, follow the link to search for your tax document.

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.

U.S. Sen. Murray Helps Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Students of Closed Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to follow the recommendations of Washington's Senator Patty Murray to restore Pell Grant eligibility to over 50,000 students enrolled at the time Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute abruptly closed. This will benefit several thousand students immediately who had already met or were on the verge of reaching their lifetime limit. Currently, student borrowers can receive a discharge of their loans following an abrupt closure of their school and also have their eligibility to continue borrowing restored. However, students who used Pell Grants to attend a failed school are not provided a similar restoration of eligibility. Because students can only receive Pell Grants for a total of six years, or 12 full-time semesters, far too many students have been unable to pursue an education at a new school. Read more here.

Student Complaint Disclosure

As a result of the public rule making from November 2015, Attachment B "Student Complaint Disclosure" must be included with all enrollment agreements starting January 1, 2017.

This document shows students how to file a complaint. During the enrollment process, the school should discuss the complaint/grievance policy listed in the catalog. Students and school representatives need to sign the addendum. Please remember to keep a signed copy in the student file and give the student an executed copy. For a copy of Attachment B, click here.





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