Federal support pulled from for-profit college with Utah campus

Posted at 6:07 PM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 20:45:57-04

MURRAY, Utah -- The parking lot for ITT Tech’s Murray Campus in empty, with the quarter scheduled to begin September 12.

ITT Tech’s Twitter feed pushed for new enrollees on the same day the U.S. Department of Education declared the school ineligible for receiving federal dollars for new students.

ITT specializes in technical associate degrees, while offering a number of Bachelors and Masters programs. A disclosure chart of expected expenses for students in different programs lists well over $40,000 in tuition and fees for two-year programs.

The Department of Education did not list specific allegations against the school, but they did publish a blog to inform students of their decision, reading in part:

“ITT's decisions have put its students and millions of dollars in taxpayer funded federal student aid at risk... To protect prospective students and taxpayers, we're no longer allowing ITT to enroll new students with federal aid.”

The Internet newsletter Inside Higher Ed reports that ITT’s accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, was poised to pull accreditation from ITT because of ongoing problems.

They report a publicly available letter from the agency saying the school was out of compliance with standards, including: “…financial stability, management, record keeping, admissions, recruitment standards, retention, job placement and institutional integrity.”

The Department of Education says students have the option of transferring to other institutions, but ITT Tech’s website tells students they may find that difficult.

This is an excerpt from the Frequently Asked Questions section of the site:

Q: "If I need to switch to another school, will my ITT credits transfer?"

A: (in part)"...It is unlikely that any credits earned at the school will be transferable to or accepted by any institution other than an ITT Technical Institute."

FOX 13 News reached out to ITT Tech for comment on this story but did not get a response.