Closed School Updates

When a school unexpectedly closes, both current students and graduates may be left with many Cautionquestions. Virginia residents who attend postsecondary institutions certified by SCHEV are afforded certain protections according to Virginia’s laws and regulations. 

Such protections include maintaining transcripts from certain closed schools and administering the Student Tuition Guaranty Fund (STGF). The STGF is designed issue refunds of unearned tuition to students unable to complete their program of study due to school closure. The student has to be enrolled at the time of the closure to be eligible for the partial refund. In the event of the closure of a certified school, SCHEV will:

  • Coordinate the enrollment of effected students in another certified institution that offers a comparable program, at no additional charge to the students, so that students may complete their program of study; or
  • Reimburse students for the unearned portion of tuition paid to the school, if a comparable school cannot be secured to allow them to complete their program of study.

For more information about requesting transcripts from closed schools or applying for the STGF, visit our Forms for Students page.

Closed School Advisories

Stratford University

September 23, 2022 

Stratford University has announced it is ceasing operations at the end of this term. University administrators have informed SCHEV that the school will hold informational town halls for students September 26 -28 to facilitate the transfer process. 

For additional information, phone the Woodbridge campus at 888-641-6227.

Update on ITT Technical Institute

The Department of Education announced on August 16, 2022, that it will cancel federal student loans for all students who attended the now-defunct ITT Technical Institute between January 2005 and September 2016. Borrowers who qualify for the relief do not need to take any additional action to receive the funds.

For more information, visit https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/itt
 

Argosy University - Northern Virginia

March 11, 2019

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has been notified that Dream Center Education Holdings, the parent company of Argosy University, announced the school’s closure effective immediately. The closure affects approximately 470 students attending Argosy University – Northern Virginia in Arlington and comes days after the U.S. Department of Education (USED) terminated the school’s participation in federal student aid programs on February 27. 

FEDERAL LOANS

In February, the USED announced it would cancel any federal debt students acquired to pay for the spring semester at Argosy University. USED personnel will contact eligible students and post further information at https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/dream-center.
 
February 28, 2019
On February 27, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) notified Argosy University that the school’s participation in the federal student aid programs was terminated effective immediately. USED took this step because Argosy does not meet certain standards, including administrative capability and financial responsibility. 

If the school closes, current Argosy students may be eligible for a 100% discharge of their federal loans if:
• The school closes while they are enrolled, and they don’t complete their academic program because of the closure, or
• The school closes within 120 days after they withdraw.

University of Northern Virginia

Student records from the University of Northern Virginia should not be accepted as official documents. Neither transcripts nor diplomas from the institution can be verified as true and accurate. 

Despite the University of Northern Virginia’s 2013 closure and revocation of its certificate to operate in Virginia, several individuals are currently attempting to pass themselves off as registrars from the institution. It has recently come to light that these supposed registrars are operating from a Virginia post office box and offering students “replacement diplomas” for as little as $150.

Individuals engaging in this activity are in violation of Virginia law.

Virginia College

December 14, 2018

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has been notified that Education Corporation of America, the parent company of Virginia College, has had its accreditation suspended by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), resulting in the closure of more than 75 campuses nationwide. In the Commonwealth, this impacts approximately 300 students attending the Virginia College campus in Midlothian, which will close its doors in mid-December.
 

SCHEV is working with Virginia College administrators to obtain academic and financial records for current students and to ensure that former students’ records are preserved and maintained in accordance with Virginia regulatory requirements.

Regency Beauty Institute

October 3, 2016

SCHEV has been notified that Regency Beauty Institute voluntarily closed all of its Virginia locations on September 28, 2016. SCHEV is working with their accreditor, the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS), as well as the Board of Barbers and Cosmetology to find solutions for students of Regency Beauty Institute who were enrolled at the time of closure.  

SCHEV letter to Regency Beauty students

Medtech College - Falls Church

August 10, 2016

Medtech College voluntarily closed on  August 10, 2016. If you are a student enrolled at the institution at the time of closure, please read Medtech Advisory for Students for important information regarding your options.