Students displaced by ITT Tech’s closure get web portal

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A new online portal will help provide guidance to the thousands of students affected by the recent closure of ITT Technical Institute.

Students and local community members can take a book and leave one behind near Lynnhaven Elementary school. (Kelly Kultys/Southside Daily)

(Kelly Kultys/Southside Daily)

Governor Terry McAuliffe has launched an online portal to help students displaced by the closure of five ITT Technical Institute campuses in Salem, Chantilly, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Richmond. More than 130 campuses were closed nationwide last week after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from accepting students who use federal financial aid.

The web portal includes a Frequently Asked Questions section that answers inquiries pertaining to students looking to transfer schools, or wondering what to do with their credits now.

Degrees from ITT Technical Institute are still valid, the website says. A list of community colleges around Virginia, including Tidewater Community College and The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, will also be accepting transfer students. A full list is available on the website.

Students who aren’t interested in transferring will be given loan forgiveness.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Virginia Community College System and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services are leveraging state resources to assist students, a press release said.

ITT, a for-profit institution, had been investigated by federal and state organizations and its accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), determined that ITT “is not in compliance, and is unlikely to become in compliance with [ACICS] Accreditation Criteria,” Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said in a statement to ITT students. There had also been concerns about ITT’s ability to serve students or be financially viable, his statement said.

In the meantime, the Department of Education is hosting a series of webinars. The schedule is available here

Kate Mishkin: 757-490-2750 or kate@tideradio.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KateMishkin.

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