For-Profit Alpine College Shuts Its Doors

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Students attending a Spokane, Wash. for-profit college learned on Monday that the school had suddenly closed its doors. A notice posted on its front door was the only notification students got that Alpine College had closed, with no updates made to its website to confirm the same.

Sudden Closure

Located in Spokane Valley, Wash., Alpine College describes itself as a two-year, for-profit college. The school offered certificates in four programs: medical administrative assistant, medical assistant, surgical technologist and phlebotomy. Like most schools, Alpine College accepted financial aid. Reportedly, some 71 percent of its students receive some sort of financial aid including student loans.

As of this publication, details about the school’s closing is limited. An “Associated Press” report has indicated that the school has run out of money. Apparently, faculty and staff weren’t informed in advance of the school’s shutdown either.1

Student Loan Debt

Some students were just weeks away from graduation and are finding themselves burdened with thousands of dollars of student loan debt. However, under this circumstance, students may be able to escape repayment of their loans by filing a complaint with the U.S. Office of Inspector General in Washington, D.C.

Complaint forms can be found on the Department of Education’s website at www.ed.gov or by clicking on the link below.2 Provide as much information as possible and mail the form to the following address:

Inspector General’s Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1500

You’re legally obligated to pay off your student loan debt, therefore await for guidance from the U.S. Department of Education before doing otherwise. Your credit history can be severely damaged if you default on loans. Follow local newspaper information about possible legal recourse as well.

References

1 The Seattle Times; For-profit College Closes in Spokane Leaving Students Stranded; May 23, 2011

2 United States Department of Education: Ed Inspector General’s Hotline Special Complaint Form

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