A Message from the Secretary of Education to ITT Students

Dear ITT student,

Today, ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT) announced that it is closing all of its ITT Technical Institute campuses. For most of the world, that news will be covered as a business story or a political one, but I know that for you it is deeply personal. You are probably wondering what this means for your future; how it is going to affect your finances and your ability to continue your education.

In recent years, ITT has increasingly been the subject of numerous state and federal investigations. In August, ITT’s 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.” This came amid increasingly heightened financial oversight measures put in place by the Department over the past two years due to significant concerns about ITT’s administrative capacity, organizational integrity, financial viability, and ability to serve students.

The school’s decisions have put its students and millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal student aid at risk. Last week, the Department of Education took oversight actions to prevent ITT from continuing to add to that risk. When we made that decision, we did not take it lightly. One possible outcome of oversight actions is that a school may choose to close rather than take corrective actions, which can cause disruption and disappointment for current students. Ultimately, we made a difficult choice to pursue additional oversight in order to protect you, other students, and taxpayers from potentially worse educational and financial damage in the future if ITT was allowed to continue operating without increased oversight and assurances to better serve students.

We are committed to helping you as you consider next steps. Most immediately, you have two basic options to choose between:

  1. If you are currently or were recently enrolled at ITT, you may be eligible to have your federal student loans for your program at ITT discharged. Your federal loan debt will be wiped away and you will have the option of restarting your education somewhere new. We will post and update information about how to receive a discharge at our ITT announcements page.
  2. If you wish to continue and complete your program at a different school – especially if you are close to graduating – you may be able to transfer your credits. It is important to note that transferring your credits may limit your ability to have your federal loans discharged. Closed school discharge may be an option if you enroll in a different program that does not accept your ITT credits.

Both of these options have pros and cons, depending on your unique circumstances, so it is important that you consider your specific situation carefully. You can find some information to start with at our ITT announcements page. The Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid is ready to support you with resources and information, including through this website, and will be updating you with more information in the coming days and weeks.

Whatever you choose to do, do not give up on your education. Higher education remains the clearest path to economic opportunity and security. Restarting or continuing your education at a high-quality, reputable institution may feel like a setback today, but odds are it will pay off in the long run. There are people and tools – like our College Scorecard – out there to help you pick a program that gives you a real shot at success.

I am proud of your hard work and dedication, and we will do all we can to continue to provide information to you on your options.

Sincerely,

John B. King Jr., U.S. Secretary of Education

658 Comments

  1. Is there any information on what alumni/former students who are still paying off debts should do? If we can not access our records or transcripts, we should not be expected to pay back our high debts.

  2. I was taken by this school and graduated in 2011 thinking a good job was in my future. But, they were useless, take advantage of the people who want to change their life now my life is harder buried in debt my loans should be erased they are crooks

  3. We have scheduled graduation at the Columbus Museum of Arts on Sept 29 at 7pm. Is there still going to be graduation so we can walk across the stage and get our degree??

  4. What about ch33 VA students? Who now lost money to pay for school to school that can not fill their agreement.

  5. I am an ITT Tech student at the Clovis campus in California and I had just finished and passed my last 2 classes needed to graduate for my Bachelors degree and graduation was supposed to be on the 29th. Since I completed my program am I still entitled to get my degree or what? I am so lost right now and have no answers.

  6. I am happy to hear that this decision was made. I attended this institute several years ago, when I was much younger and not prepared to know if what I am doing is the rite thing or not. I worked hard but always felt like I was not being taught what I should know, the tech was lame, the teachers didn’t seem to have any teaching experience, and I felt as though I only learned what I taught myself. Curious question however, the value of my degrees seem meaningless now but my debt is substantial. Will people like myself who have already racked up federal loans for this institute be forgiven? I would love to start over and get a reputable degree but not if I still have to endure this substantial debt I have hardly nicked away at over the last 8 years. Thank you

  7. I just graduated this pass June… How can I be eligible to not be paid back the student loans? You know this sucks.. people get all hyped about furthering their education and to get back on the right track in life and this is the thanks they get.. it’s not right and a lawyer should be involved. How can anyone trust Institutes anymore and not to mention the prices are ridiculously high.

  8. What about us former Students that were overcharged, given false promises, coerced into ridiculous loans and shown false averages of job placement?

    We have been left with unfair amounts of debt with little or no return on investment.

  9. My son was getting ready to graduate from ITT-Tech this December with his 2 year degree. He had only two classes left. We are told his classes won’t transfer because it wasn’t an accredited program – when he started it was because I remember asking them. My son had worked hard for this Drafting and Design degree that he will never earn. I paid with credit cards and cash for over $40,000 and he has $15,000 in Federal loans. We are so discouraged. Tried calling the college but they gave them an extra day off today. Super nice of them, right. The day we find out they are closing the college. Any advice would surely be appreciated. All this money and time spent studying for nothing.

  10. So all the individuals who graduated or had to drop out eventually are still stuck with this 30k+ in debt for years? You’ve known this school was a scam a lot longer then any of us. Where is our relief?

  11. As a formal ITT grad(2011), what does this means for the degree, is it garbage and what do we do with the loans we currently paying??

  12. I finished school on September 2nd and I am suppose to graduate October 6th what happens now how do we get our transcripts and our degrees.

  13. I pray this is yet another scam by the Oblunder Administration to consolidate their power over the education system. I’m 66 years old and I was enrolled in the Drafting and Design program. I’m very distraught over this bad news

  14. I was in my fifth quarter in the nursing program at ITT and 4 left to graduate how could the Department of Education allow ITT to accept new students knowing that they where under investigation. I have a little over a year invested in at ITT and the investigation began seven years ago. Why was I even allowed to apply and attend ITT if the U.S. Department of Education knew ITT was not operating under there guidelines. This is so wrong to do this and ITT is not the only ones to blame it’s the U.S. Department of Education fault as well. They knew things was not right, but they still allow them to accept new students and give them false hope. This entire world is completely corrupt! Now all of these people including the CEO of ITT, and John King Jr. will go home to there families as if there isn’t thousands of people out there that tried to better themselves, but was blocked because of selfish greedy people. This is not only sad, but it’s exhausting giving good people NO HOPE AT ALL. I pray GOD steps in and take this evil wicked world and make the John Kings Jr. pay for their lack of respect and empathy for human beings. Burn in hell ITT Tech CEO, and John King Jr. My life and livelihood are ruined now because of greed.

  15. It would be really nice if Department of Education answer these questions and not leave other posts that embarrass the DOE…

  16. I just finished my last quarter at the Indianapolis north campus This August will I still be able to walk for graduation how will I get my diploma or transcript or did I just waste a little over two years of my life someone better be comin up with some answers or I’ll be finding legal counsel

  17. I am grateful for the option of discharging loans but it doesn’t help trying to restart when you have invested countless hours of homework, studying, missing out on family time and like myself quiting a corporate job to finish my nursing degree so that I could better myself and my children’s livelihood. I believe that loans should be discharged and students allowed to transfer credits if they choose too. To start over from scratch is devastating

  18. They were worried about there stupid student surveys about the instructor and the school Why didn’t they survey about closing ITT schools. You shady mofo’s. What I way to treat your military men and women that served this country you people don’t think about us. They will reap what they sow.

  19. I Like How You looked out for me. You screwed me being a gi bill student I can not get that time back. What is the DOE’s response to veteran students.

  20. I have 1 quarter before I get my degree using my gi bill from my military career. Now does that mean I forfeit the money and time I’ve put into this degree with no refund to my gi bill?

  21. I finish school my graduation it be on 21fs off this month are we going to loose the degree? How we can get it?

  22. I graduate roughly 4 years ago at ITT. With outdated books and tools, I feel that I was ripped off. Not only were the assignments and tests a complete gimmick, I now have to pay 80k in loans. I hope there is some light at the end of the tunnel for this mess.

  23. I cannot express how pissed I am that they only disclosed this problem in the previous weeks that led up to todays closing of ITT. I wish I would have listend to the people who said the school was nothing but a scam before I wasted a year of my life in hopes of becoming an RN. Such crap.

  24. Hi, I graduated in 2012 and currently have about $60,000 in loan debt and am on an income based repayment plan with Navient. My monthly payment is almost all interest. Are my loans eligible to be discharged?

    • Since you graduated in 2012, your loans will not be eligible for discharge. You should increase your monthly payments in order to start nibbling down the principle, otherwise you will be still paying past social security retirement eligibility

  25. You were quick to shut down ITT for the benefit of Taxpayers. What solution do you have for Veterans who just wasted most of their Post 911 GI Bill? None of our credits from ITT Tech transfer to a very very large majority of colleges and universities. I am a Wounded Warrior trying to make a future for myself and my family and now I feel like I have just been thrown out to the trash. I also feel like I have been completely defrauded by ITT Technical Institute.

  26. I’m a graduate from 2011, in Computer Aid Drafting and Design in TX. Please let us know what we can do about this. I don’t care if I have to go back to school, I just want to make sure I’m NOT expected to continue paying for what now is scrap paper. Even if they where counted as degrees still, no job will trust an ITT student after this.

  27. I was planning on graduating this December, but won’t be able to continue taking classes next week (9/12/16).
    Because of what happen to ITT, I really don’t know what else to do.
    IS there any suggestions?

  28. Will former students be able to discharge their loans as well? some of us that used the parent plus loans would probably like to benefit from this too seeing how it hooked our parents into signing the papers as well..

  29. Mr King, now that ITT has shut down can you tell us what is going to happen to our degrees? I graduated from ITT in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in computer electronics engineering and I still owe SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LOANS. I thought that education was for life, but it seems that all of us were defrauded not just by ITT but also by the U.S Department of Ed. What now? What do we do? If I apply to better position in my company should I tell them that I have a Bachelor’s degree from ITT? Do we continue paying student loans for a degree that is not valid anymore? How is the Department of Ed going to help all of us?

  30. Once again well-meaning bureaucrats have found a way to make people’s lives more difficult. A lot of people who have not only invested a lot of time and money, but have delayed a career to get an education have probably lost that too. Telling people they don’t need to repay loans, won’t help them reach their education goals, or give them their time back. The draconian penalties against ITT will only do harm, Instead the government should work withthe school to ensure the current students can finish their degrees, or at least guaranty their couse credits will transfer.

  31. Dear Secretary of Education,

    The two options you give are not realistic. First option to get loan forgiven is a no brainer. If you are working for a diploma and have demonstrated good grades and now cannot finish then there should be no loan.

    The second option is to switch to another college. Well these classes were accelerated earning 4.5 credit hours per class. If you switch those credits will turn into 3 credit hours. Who is paying for 1.5 that will be missed?

    I don’t see either of these as an option.

  32. I graduated from Itt in 2012 and owe over 70k. Will I be eligible for loan forgiveness? If so how do I start the process to clear it?

  33. How about dividing up the school’s assets and giving a refund to all students who ever attending this joke of an institution?
    It’s a scam.

  34. I graduated in 2004 and have a large amount of debt from this school. What happens now, what happens to my diploma? How will they verify that you graduated?

  35. I graduated in December 2013 from ITT. Will they discharge my loan??? How will we find out? Will we be contacted by someone?

  36. This was my last quarter, Did earn my associates degree or not ? Not point of contact for the school to get the information i need !

  37. Hello. I have the same concern a lot of other people have as well, which is with paying a massive debt that placed me in a financial strain when I graduated back in ’08. We really need to know if this will be forgiven since it just doesn’t seem fair to pay a debt for a school that’s going to be no longer in business.

  38. The most precious commodity we have in this life is time. My wife is a semester away from graduating (Dec 2016) as an RN, and has bust her hump to get the grades and education necessary to reach this far. Now when all the late nights and sacrifices made by her and our family collectively this happens. You try to follow all the rules and do what you are supposed to in life but it seems like the more people try to keep their heads above water and progress in life, the more forces out of their control try to drown them. The words above mean absolutely noting to the time lost and heart ache now and in the future Mr King!

  39. I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree from ITT Tech. Is there going to be any process for people like me for loan forgiveness?

  40. This generic message means nothing to a mom who has been on the night shift working and going to clinicals and class. I passed all of my hesi test on the first try. I had 6 months left to get my RN. My friend had 3. You all have not considered the nursing students. Our credits dont transfer. You can’t give me back my time and hard work with a possible discharge……I did this for my family..my kids…thanks a lot….

  41. I graduated from ITT and NEVER found a job. I was 18,19 at that time. I really do hope former graduates are a part of this forgiveness. Any information on what we should do to file will be helpful.

  42. I am not a student at the school, but I do attend a for- profit school. It is interesting to note that I attended a non-profit distance education school with a similar setup. This is a real concern in general for those attending for-profit school. Prior to me joining the school, I reviewed their accreditation. I actually found the school through a military learning center. And the accreditation was the same as Wayne State University, which is where I worked at. However, after attending the school, the quality of the school was not the same as the non-profit state school. I am not saying the instructors were not doing their job, but there were issues such as getting in contact with them, even having grades mailed out would be a nice touch (a report card). The point is, is this going to be a trend, the closing of for-profit schools? Anyone else on the radar? Is there a list?

  43. For the veterans who used their gi bill or post 9/11, what are we to do about the money lost from that program? Is ITT going to fix that so I can have my time back and continue somewhere else?

  44. I graduated in 2010 with my associate degree in Criminal Justice, and again in 2012 with my bachelors, I have a massive amount of student loans both federal parent plus they forced my dad to sign for and private loans… What about former students, it sounds like Itt-tech ripped a lot of people off… That’s not right. Everyone should be forgiven that went to Itt-tech. Most graduates aren’t even in the work related field that they received there degree in, and probably struggling to even pay the minimum payments of the loan….. #Justice for Graduates

  45. My husband started there in December 2009 and after a year we found out that a degree from there wouldn’t get him a good job so he switched schools. Would we qualify to get his loans discharged?

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