Are you a student veteran impacted by the closure of your educational institution?
SVA is here to help; please follow the steps below.
The closure of schools like ITT Tech and Westech College have directly impacted more than 6,000 student veterans who now find themselves facing a new challenge in their higher education journey. Student Veterans of America is here to provide guidance in this journey, and while that which has been done cannot be undone, it remains that there is nothing more important than a college degree in today's economy. Follow the steps in this guide to help you identify a new educational institution to complete your degree at, and use the benefits you earned.
Please note: if you have student loans, you may be eligible to get your federal loans forgiven. If you have not yet transferred your credits to "a comparable educational program at another school," then you are now eligible to have your federal loans forgiven by the US Department of Education.
Click here to learn more about federal student loan recovery.
If you are a former ITT Tech student and are having trouble acquiring your transcripts, please Click here and follow the transcript obtainment process.
The VFW Unmet Needs Program is also offering financial assistance to student veterans who qualify.
1. Make a list of potential transfer schools
It is important to find an accredited university to transfer your existing credits to and complete your degree. Each university has its own policies and procedures related to the acceptance of credit earned at another university. You are going to want to make a list of schools that you are interested in transferring to. It is important to verify that the universities that you are looking at offer a program in your field of study. Student Veterans of America has partnered with College Factual to provide the deepest resources available in the world for insights on the more than 60,000 potential educational choices available at over 2,800 US colleges and universities. Including the most advanced profiling and matching tools, veterans are able to build the best "short list" of educational opportunities to focus on.
Additionally, Student Veterans of America has identified universities who are interested in accommodating the needs of student veterans affected by the ITT Tech closure. We have assembled a list of universities that are willing to help.
Click here to create your free College Factual account and find the best school for you.
Click here to access the list of universities willing to accept transfer credit from ITT Technical Institute.
2. Familiarize yourself with the credit transfer process and identify residency requirements
After you have identified the universities that you would like to potentially transfer to, read the frequently asked questions document below. These are questions that you are going to want to get answers for from the universities' admissions staff. Different universities are going to have different answers to these questions and it is important to understand the extent to which a university will accept your transfer credit. It is also important to understand the university's residency requirements as this will affect your graduation date. A "residency requirement" is a set amount of credits a student must complete at a university in order to complete a degree.
Click here to read and download a list of frequently asked questions.
3. Identify a transfer school
Reach out to the admissions staff at schools on your list and begin to ask the questions in the frequently asked questions document. Explain your situation to them and be sure and get clear, definitive answers to your questions. Once you understand how credit transfers, residency requirements, and degree requirements will impact your degree path at each university on your list, you can make an informed decision about which university to select.