TTech students in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and other Indiana locations received the shock of a lifetime on September 6 when they learned that campuses were permanently closed. The move came without warning to students, many of who learned the news only when they arrived for class that day.
Cori Hicks, of Fort Wayne, learned about the closing through an email she received that morning.
“I am shocked,” she told WANE News. “I only had 12 weeks left in my program. I’m $20,000 in debt with student loans. All of the schools I talked to today said that none of my credits would transfer. What are we supposed to do with that?”
Niel Smith told the Indianapolis Star a similar tale.
“I had less than a year left to finish my degree,” Smith said. “Now I’m told I’m $30,000 in debt for a loan that bought me a worthless piece of paper and college credits that won’t transfer? Unbelievable. It’s frustrating.”
Hicks and Smith are among the tens of thousands of ITT students cursing the learning institute this week. ITT closed all of its campuses nationwide, a move that parent-company ITT Educational Services credited to recent changes compliance requirements within the Department of Education.
“Our school’s accrediting agency, he Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS, showed cause that ITT Tech was not in full compliance with their accreditation standards. The USDE, as a result, stipulated that ITT Tech must place a $250 million cash deposit, froze our ability to receive any form of federal student aid, and from enrolling new students who needed federal student aid to attend.
“Our accreditation with the ACICS remains in place, but these requirements have made it impossible to remain in operation.”
Students who contacted ITT Tech about obtaining their transcripts were instructed to visit a website. The website was reported as not fully operational, leaving students and staff unable to obtain vital information needed for them to move on with their lives.