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. I just graduated from the June quarter and just want to know if I will even be getting a diploma or if itt will still be having a graduating ceremony.

    • I too want to know if there will still be a graduation on September 29 or will I still receive my degree.

  2. Im an ITT grad and would like to say that after years of study….LOTS of debt and no way of paying them…..im currently working in a factory. I need to know how to get these loans discharged. This school ripped off so many its a shame. My credit score is ruined and i see no way out. Could someone please point me in the right direction to get this resolved? Not only can I not pay them I wont!

  3. Has anyone received an answer to there question yet? This school was a joke. My teacher in 2008 told all of us that “it would be hard to get a job because he was not teaching us the right programs needed.” Real confident booster.

  4. My husband graduated from ITT and in debt from the private and federal loans that were questionable back then, his credit is horrible due to not being able to make the high monthly payments. They need to consider the people who have graduated as well.

  5. I completed my studies in Network Systems Administration and expected to receive my diploma later this week (Our graduation ceremony was scheduled for tomorrow night). Now with the ITT Tech officially out of business….they can no longer confer my degree, I won’t graduate, I won’t receive my diploma. What makes matters worse is that since I have completed my program…I am not eligible for loan forgiveness. This sucks.

  6. I graduated from ITT in 2011 and also drowning in the student loan debt. I’m not sure anything can be down with that, but my question is how do we get our transcripts? Or is this piece of paper I have worthless?

  7. I was enrolled at ITT TECHNINCAL INSTITUTE from 2004 – 2011 and then again from 2014 – 2015 attempting to finish my bachelor’s degree in ISS. right when I was due to graduate they kicked me out saying my completion rate was messed up due to my having to leave in order to report to active duty 2 times. I was quarter away from graduation when I was forced to stop. They even lied to the VA and reported that I was a part time student when I was actually full time, which caused me to lose my Post 9/11 G.I Bill completely.

  8. I graduated in 2014. Please, if there is any way that former students can apply for loan forgiveness let me know. I am paying TWO loans, one to the school and one to Navient. The amount of money I am paying is a ridiculous amount. Please help.

    • I have been told to do a borrower for defense to repayment on the ed.gov website. I am also going to go to a legal aid service in my town.

  9. Clearly, no one is responding! I have a tax related question that will also go unnoticed. If I opt to take the discharge will that, as in the few other cases of discharge, count as taxable income for the year and totally screw my tax situation? Thanks, no thanks!

  10. My wife completed her degree in Information Security in 2006 and is still asked for transcripts from an accredited college or university. Since ITT has shuttered and she still has outstanding student loans what is her course of redress? This should not fall on the student to discover but be provided by the government whose job it is to protect the people.

  11. to whomever this response reaches, I am a Student at Itt Tech, and I would like to correspond with whoever is in charge of the financial department so that I can get refunded for my pell grant so I can take it personally to to a scoll of my choosing, As well as getting my loans dismissed. Please e-mail the information to my E-mail account a.s.o.p thank you. Bentley Keys.

  12. What happens to former ITT sudents that already graduated and are still paying loans?Not only I pay my own loan but also my dad’s since he took his own loan to “help me out” and can’t make the payment (he’s retired). This degree is worthless and I still have 20K more in debt to pay.

  13. How do former students get their non-federal loans forgiven? I’m not paying for a worthless piece of paper anymore!

  14. I would like to know what happens to us military veterans that wasted their G.I. Bill revue. Do we get some of this money back to attend anothe school? I understand that is is not a student loan, but money was taken out of my check for 7-10 years of my 20 year military career so part or half of that G.I. Bill money is mine and it got wasted and I’m not sure if I can get it back. At least I still have a useless Associate’s degree.

  15. I am a former student of ITT Technical Institute in Arlington Heights, IL and have not been able to make enough money to repay my Federal Student Loan.

    I have been in Forbearance for the past year.

    I am coming to the end of my Forbearance period in December and still cannot afford to pay the loan. They promised that I would be able to pay it after graduation by landing a job in the $60,000 – $85,000 range. Sadly, this is not reality.

    I have also been paying the ITT Tech loan (private loan) for the past year for the balance of their tuiton that I could not afford at the time.

    So… I have two very important questions:

    1. Where do I go to have my Federal Student Loan discharged?

    2. Do I still need to pay the ITT Tech loan that I am sending money to each month?

    I am struggling financially to pay bills each month and really do need these loans to be forgiven, especially since I’m not making all that money they promised.

    If there is anyone out there that can point me in the right direction, please reply to this post

    Thank you!

  16. Why is Income Based Repayment not being mentioned here? If these former students have such poor job prospects, they will pay very little under this plan and their debts are forgiven at the end of the loan term. For those who do find a healthy income, they will be able to pay their loans, which we should expect. Outright debt cancellation says that if you chose a school with low admission standards, you are not responsible for your loans and will not now or in the future reap any benefits from your education.

    • I was thinking the same thing. If their income is so low, they should apply for the income based repayment plan. It goes off your income. I currently pay $0 a month for my student loans until I get a good job and can start paying them back.

    • Obama is a leftist dictator, wait a minute, not even that…closing ITT will have the biggest impact on the people that put him in the white house, the 47% that Romney spoke about.

      • My comment awaiting moderation,corroborates Obama’s dictatorship, he’ s a demagogue lawyer that must have failed the Constutional law class.

  17. Mr. King,

    Where is the list of schools that will accept credits earned from ITT? You created this mess because of the DOE’s greed. You took down a institution that ran just fine for 50 years. Now do the right thing and help these students out by making some phone calls and finding out who in their area will accept the credits they have already earned. They shouldn’t have to start over. Not acceptable!

    • King’s Technical Institute is coming to your town soon. Have you thought about the interests behind King’s decision.

  18. Hello, I completed my degrees in 2007 to 2011 at ITT Tech. When I enrolled I was told that I would graduate and make more money in my field. I was also told that I would have a job making 35,000 or more a year with my degree. I didn’t just complete my degree I graduated top on both of them. Years later and I haven’t even been in my field, I’ve been told that my degree is worthless because they didn’t teach me skills that my field actually need it. And now with the school closed am still stuck with a 60,000 loan. I wanted everything they promised: the great learning, the step into my future, the jobs they keep telling me I can have if I did this or that. If I could I go back wouldn’t of bothered to go to ITT Tech they been unless in getting me connected as they stated.

  19. Im glad the government finally stepped in and stopped ITT. I was set to graduate this month with my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Communications Technology from ITT Tech Houston West. I will be trying to get my loans forgiven, but i do agree with all the comments that are here about former graduates of this scam of a school, they should be helped to solve their debt because of ITT’s lending practices.

  20. My son has worked so hard, as all the students have, to get a better education towards a job in his field of information technology. He chose ITT because of the program and was due to graduate in December 2016. It is disappointing to now have to start over in a new program or with debt to continue somewhere else and prayer your credits transfer to another school. This is an outrage. My heart aches for the students and the former staff of ITT.

  21. I am Lenier Fiffie. I am a single mother who strived and worked very hard to obtain a better life for my daughter and I. My daughter was 5 months when I started school sometimes having to take her with me. My daughter is now 2 years old. I have been stressed completely out making sure assignments and projects were turned in on time. I had to hitchhike to school whenmy car broke with my child just because iI was determines to get an education and wanted better for my life. I am suppose to graduate in December 2016. Now ITT has closed. I can either give up start all over or go to another school and may have to go longer pushing my graduation date back. I did my time of schooling because I wanted a better life. So you tell me I have struggle longer and finish the program and struggle paying for a half ass education. I don’t have another year left in me of schooling. I need to be able to provide now for my daughter.

  22. How do we get our transcripts? Even if there are potential school who may be willing to work with ITT students, we will still need our transcripts ASAP.

  23. I am a 2012 graduate of Itt and to this day still burdened with high student loans and can barely afford just the minimal payment could I possibly get loan discharged to help me relive my debt?

  24. I’m paying federal loans for this school. Someone told me before I finished they were worthless so I left…. do we get help with these remaining loans

  25. I AM ONE OF THE ITT TECH STUDENT AND DIDN’T FINISH MY MAJOR AND NELNET BEEN HARASING ME TO PAY THE ITT TECH STUDENT LOAN, ALSO I CONTACTED ITT TECH BUT THEY WERE NOT REPLYING MY EMAIL OR PHONE CALLS. THEY WERE TOTALLY A SCAM.
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF I CAN DISCHARGE MY LOAN.

    THANKS

  26. I agree alumni need some options on loans and refunds.
    I also have concerns about current students transferring credits from a school known to inflate grades.

    • in the FAQs is…

      14. I believe I may have been a victim of fraud by my school. What are my options?

      Under a borrower defense to repayment, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness (a discharge) of the federal Direct Loans you took out to attend a school if that school committed fraud by doing something or failing to do something, or otherwise violated applicable state law related to your loans or the educational services you paid for. Visit StudentAid.gov/borrower-defense to learn more about loan discharges based on borrower defense and to get information about how to apply for loan relief on this basis.

      There may also be more to come from DoE

      I know you will be interested in this too

      http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/ITTclosure.asp

  27. I got screwed over in 2009 by this school and am currently repaying the remainder of my debt. Will I be able to get my debt erased as well?

  28. I graduated in 2011 with an associates degree from ITT. just seen the news and what was said, the school did not give adequate training to students, moving forwards, everyone that graduated can not put this school on a resume, resumes are for selling yourself. so it is a total waste, everyone that has student loans from here should get them deleted permanently . lets start a strike, and make this happen , email me if your interested Michigan residents only…… mccannp89@yahoo.com

  29. Im torn on this topic. Im undecided if I want justice for my over priced degree or if I want no degree at all. If I choice the degree is it even worth anything? While my education was great and I have made great success my loans do drain me $300 a month.. over $30,000 for a 2 year degree and could severely hurt my credit. I really cant imagine many of my credits will transfer. Will all loans paid be reimbursed?

    Criminal Justice Grad of 2012

  30. Millennials! Not wanting to actually work for something, expecting a six figure salary with no experience. Ask your parents about their struggle to find enough to provide for you. Expectations of the taxpayers to provide relief for your mistakes.

  31. What about the vets? Where is our relief?
    Right now it really looks like you and your administration completely over looked veterans. It appears as the before mentioned because there is all this student loan relief. However, there is nothing giving the veterans back their ability to start over without owing someone else money.

  32. Are any managers, executives that bilked people being held responsible ? Can’t they be charged with fraudulent use of government funds.

  33. I graduated back in 2005 AA degree in Web Development. I am still paying my loans. This is depressing…pay me back my money.

    Is amazing how people can get away with this.

  34. What will happen to those who just finished our degree in August and are scheduled for graduation in September

  35. I don’t think you are eligible for forgiveness of you loans unless you are 120 days out from the time they closed. The reason that ITT got shut down wasn’t because people didn’t get their dream jobs from 9 to 5 making $100,000.00 a year. It’s because they defrauded the government. I don’t have my bachelor’s degree yet. I was suppose to get it in Dec. and they shut the doors. Because of this and my credits not really being transferable, mine will get forgiven not because I couldn’t get a job.

  36. I just finished my last quarter for my Associates degree on 9/4/2016. I have my cap and gown and was set to have my Graduation Ceremony through the ITT Tech Salem, VA location on September 29th 2016. Will there be a graduation and do I still get my diploma and or a record of my Associates Degree? The last quarter began June 13th 2016 and ended September 4th 2016. If I can then who do I contact so they can send me my diploma, not just the transcripts.

  37. Okay so what happens to those who were suppose to graduate in September? Will we get something that has any value or are we just screwed? Also what will i get to claim if i quit my old job, and was about to start my new one but they wont let me due to not having my degree…end result no job, no money, all sorts of debt.

  38. I am wondering the same as many. .. what about those who have already graduated. .. I in 2009…. I don’t think you understand the toll this is Toll this is taking on me. .. I am really depressed about this. .
    I am sure I’m not the only one who feels like this or worse… what about our relief? You may realize how many people have been impacted but I’m not sure if you truly know. . Please what can we do?

  39. I was a former student back in 2005-2006.. I’ve said for years the school lied and I was receiving classes that had nothing to do with my degree. TOok out massive loan. I have been in default for such a long time. What will happen now? Where do I start the process of getting this massive burden off my shoulders?

  40. My classmates and I were supposed to graduate in October 1, 2016 as all of us completed the courses. we are all shocked and confused. can we have our diplomas/degrees certified by the department of education?
    We did not just waste years out of our life to update our education just to be cut high and dry just a few weeks shy of graduating And in The end we have nothing to show for it .it’s not fair to the students that have traveled so far and try so hard to try to achieve a step in life and it shatters. I know this notice has ruined my options

  41. I was set to graduate in just a few weeks. September 29, 2016. Will I receive my degree and if I do will it be worth anything? I’m 43 and starting to think to give up on college and just continue to educate myself. To much money going out and not enough in return and my time is ticking. It’s always about money, but there’s got to be a point where both can prosper and everyone comes out ahead. This is all very disappointing.

  42. I graduated in 2008, recently just paid off my school loans. Can I get it back? I definitely worked hard to be able to pay for everything including the loans for Itt. I didn’t get placed in a job. And embarrassed to even say I attended ITT.

  43. I attended ITT Tech back in 2012/2013 for a Network Systems Administration degree. I wound up dropping out due to a few reasons. 1. because the professors weren’t teaching us what we needed to know. 2. I had a friend in charge of the IT department at a company, I was told by him that the first thing he does is look for that school on the resume’s. If it’s there it goes in the trash because no one learned anything and they don’t know how to do their job that they have the degree for.

    I went to a culinary school for three quarters (I did 5 at ITT Tech) and owe just under $7,000 in loans from there. With ITT Tech added on, my loans are over $33,000. I see NO REASON why I should of TRIPLED my loan debt when I didn’t go that much longer at ITT.

    What are our options? I would really like to know.

  44. Why do you keep talking about forgiving loans, nobody is addressing the fact that we toiled to go to school and have invested hours and only to be stabbed by this ruthless Dept of Education. My wife was pregnant and I was joggling talking care of a 2 year old, putting in overtime at work to meet up with bills, taking care of the household and going to school. I don’t even have the strength to start over again because my credit cannot transfer. This is a sad day and the Dept of Education is not addressing the psychological and emotional damage, this closure have caused in people’s lives.

  45. I graduated from ITT in April 2012. I have not received a job in the field that I studied and have even read from various sources that companies immediately FILTER OUT people who have gone to ITT. Now that these campuses are in this spotlight, my degree seems completely useless.

    I am highly frustrated with this situation. I am browsing like mad trying to find out if I can get loan forgiveness. All I keep coming back to is the student aid site mentioning “Borrower-Defense” and information will be the made available on this page at a later date.

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