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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Appeals To Former ITT Students To Take Advantage Of Department Of Education Benefits After The For-Profit College Closes Its Doors

September 8, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, made the following statement after the for-profit college ITT Technical Institute announced it is going out business following U.S. Department of Education sanctions and multiple investigations. Courtney wants to make sure former students are aware of the resources that are available to help them continue their education, discharge their loans, or simply retrieve information from the school. More information on services through the Department and the schedule of webinars is available on the Department of Education website.  

"In the wake of ITT going out of business nationwide, we should be doing everything we can to make sure students and families are aware of the resources available to them through the Department of Education,” said Courtney. “I am pleased that the Department of Education is going to great lengths to help former ITT students move on with their education and lives. I would encourage all students who attended ITT, whether at one of the physical campuses or online, to review information available through the Department to determine if they may be eligible for relief such as student loan discharge or help with transferring earned credits to new institutions. If students are having trouble finding this information, they can contact my Norwich office and we will help point them in the right direction.

“For far too long, ITT Tech victimized students, veterans, and taxpayers by cheating them out of their federal aid dollars while providing a subpar education. This is yet another example of where a lack of action on comprehensive reform and update of our higher education laws is shortchanging students and graduates. We are long overdue for a rewrite of the Higher Education Act to tackle issues such as abuse of federal aid by for-profit institutions, access to quality programs, and more generally tackling the growing challenge of affordability of college and higher education. Congress needs to act, and I will continue to push for bipartisan action on a Higher-Ed reform in the House.”

Former ITT students in eastern Connecticut should contact Courtney’s Norwich district office with questions by phone at: (860) 886-0139

ITT Educational Services, Inc. announced earlier this week that it is closing all of its ITT Technical Institute campuses. Over the past several years, ITT has been scrutinized by both state and federal investigators and the Department of Education for putting their students and millions of dollars in taxpayer funded federal student aid at risk. The Department subsequently ratcheted up the financial oversight of ITT’s operations and imposed sanctions on the institution which ultimately led the school to shutter its operations.

Current and former students of the ITT Technical Institute will have a range of benefits available to them in the wake of the school’s closing. Students have the ability to locate records related to their academic career, as well as transfer some earned credit hours to new institutions to continue their education. Some current and former students may also be eligible to have their federal student loans discharged. The Department will be holding a series of public webinars geared toward current and former students to provide them with information.

This services being provided to current and former students mirrors actions that were taken by the Department after the closure of Corinthian Colleges in the spring of 2015. During that time, the Department also assisted students with tracking down records, transferring credits, and discharging student debt.

Additional Information for former students:

The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted some information for GI Bill recipients who are former students on their website. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has also published a website page to provide information specifically for students looking to discharge ITT related student loans.