Doors Close at BioHealth and Bryman Colleges

Career College Central Summary:

  • On Monday morning, students met with representatives from the state Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to collect their transcripts and hear about their financial aid and refund options.
  • The students have no guarantee that their credits will transfer to another institution, which means they could have to start over.
  • "It's left a bad taste in my mouth," said Jennifer Cortes-Morales, two months into her pharmacology program at BioHealth College. "Is the next school going to do this?"
  • Although they won't be able to recoup lost time, BioHealth and Bryman students will be entitled to full federal loan forgiveness — and, if applicable, refunds for private loans, books and other educational expenses from California's Student Tuition Recovery Fund, said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the Department of Consumer Affairs and the state's college oversight bureau.
  • Heimerich said Monday morning he did not believe the company arranged for students to complete their programs at the school or other schools through what is known as a "teach-out." The agencies that accredited BioHealth and Bryman require such a plan but have little leverage to enforce it, said William Larkin, director of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.

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