WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — ITT Tech students are at a loss after the for-profit trade school shut down all 130 of its campuses Tuesday, including one in Wyoming.
“I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said a tearful Lyrica Kelly, who finished her first session at the school in June, and was looking forward to the start of fall classes.
She enrolled in classes at the Swartz Creek campus but came to the Wyoming campus Tuesday, hoping the news she heard through social media would be different there.
“I’m thinking, ‘This is open cause… I don’t know,” said Kelly, frustrated to find the same situation.
The lights were on inside ITT Tech’s Wyoming building Tuesday, but the parking lot, bike racks and picnic tables were empty. There were no signs on the door and no explanation when you call in.
“I can’t contact nobody. The school’s not answering,” said Kelly.
ITT Tech ceased operations Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid.
Federal regulators found ITT Tech out of compliance with the rules created to ensure a school that accepts students with federal funding get what they pay for. The Department of Education
said that put millions of taxpayer dollars, as well as students’ futures, at risk.
Federal education officials said they tried to bring the Carmel, Indiana-based school into compliance, but those attempts failed.
“I don’t see how they can do people like that. I feel like they should be going through some serious consequences,” said Kelly.
In a statement released Tuesday, ITT called the Aug. 25 sanctions “a complete disregard by the U.S. Department of Education for due process to the company, hundreds of thousands of current students and alumni and more than 8,000 employees will be negatively affected.”
Now, the school whose ads promised “education for the future” doesn’t appear to have a future, and the futures of students like Kelly are on hold.
“I’m trying,” said Kelly. “I’m 19 years old, I’m freshly out of high school, and trying to get on a good path.”
The U.S. Department of Education says federal student loans will be forgiven. That’s good news for students but bad news for taxpayers.
Tuesday, 24 Hour News 8 tried contacting ITT Tech to find out what will happen to students who paid tuition by other means, but never received a response.