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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.

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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.

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Student Complaint Disclosure--NEW!

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.

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 deadlines.

Over 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.






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