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Earlier this month, Wyche was among the more than 40, students of ITT Technical Institute who learned abruptly that their school had closed, just days before the start of the semester. Wyche, who served in the Coast Guard in the s, worked as a diesel mechanic until doctors at the VA told him his high blood pressure put him at risk of a stroke.
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The VA sent him back to school as part of a vocational rehabilitation program for veterans with disabilities, and his counselor arranged a meeting at ITT Tech. ITT made a point of recruiting veterans, who have access to generous federal loans and grants. Over the past year, the Department of Education repeatedly stepped up requirements for ITT to keep extra cash on hand in case students defaulted on their loans.
But Wyche was eager to point out that his instructors were not to blame. Some of that oversight fell to Wendy Weiss-Hancock, who spent nearly seven years as an associate dean overseeing curriculum at the Fort Lauderdale campus.
All week, Hancock and a handful of colleagues came in as volunteers even after losing their jobs. The registrar printed out transcripts while nursing staff sent off certificates so students who had finished their coursework could still take their boards.
Other students were just months from graduation. It now falls to other colleges to help former ITT students pick up the pieces. Broward College, a community college with locations near two ITT campuses, has already heard from more than 60 former students. I would like to continue my education without having to start all over from the beginning. Stubbs said the school is in the process of reviewing course outlines and transcripts from ITT Tech to determine which credits are eligible for transfer.
The catch is that students who transfer even a handful of credits from ITT Tech to another school are no longer eligible to apply for loan forgiveness, and debt from private lenders—at the center of much of the criticism of ITT Tech—may not be forgiven at all. Students can either scrap their credits from ITT Tech and apply for loan forgiveness from the federal government or they can transfer their credits and bring their debt with them.
In other words, they might end up with some of their credits and all of their debt or some of their debt but none of their credits. The emphasis at Broward is simply making sure ITT students are well-informed.
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