Contact: Kirsten Nelson
February 1, 2010
RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is assisting Virginia residents who were enrolled at the Northern Virginia branch of Vigilar’s Intense School when it unexpectedly closed. SCHEV is helping eligible students who attended the IT school’s training center in Sterling, Virginia receive tuition reimbursements and continue their training at comparable facilities.
The school’s Georgia-based corporate office and branch locations in four states closed suddenly in December 2009 without providing the notification required under Virginia regulations governing private and out-of-state postsecondary education institutions (8 VAC 40-31 et seq.). SCHEV staff are working with other computer training facilities in the Commonwealth to arrange a teach-out, which will allow former students to complete the program of study for which they were enrolled when the school shut its doors.
SCHEV’s certification process for private and out-of-state postsecondary education institutions required the Intense School to provide a surety instrument, which will be used to provide financial restitution to eligible students who cannot participate in the teach-out opportunity. Funds from the surety instrument are deposited into the Student Tuition Guaranty Fund (STGF), which SCHEV administers. The STGF reimburses students who were enrolled in a private postsecondary institution at the time of its closure and who were subsequently unable to complete their program of study due to the closure.
Virginia students impacted by the closure of Vigilar’s Intense School in Northern Virginia can find a copy of the STGF application on the SCHEV website at http://www.schev.edu/schev/formsIndex.asp#STGFCR. Eligible students who can provide proof of attendance and method of tuition payment are entitled to a refund of the unearned, non-Title IV tuition received by the institution. Students are allowed up to three years from the date of a school’s closure to file a claim against the STGF. Intense School provided instruction and certification for more than 12 years through its government and corporate IT training classes and “boot camps.”
SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education, and is responsible for the certification of private and vocational schools. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on Virginia colleges and universities.
For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at KirstenNelson@schev.edu or (804) 225-2627. Students who were affected by the closure should contact Linda Woodley, SCHEV’s Director of Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education, at LindaWoodley@schev.edu or (804) 371-2938.
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Addendum: Students enrolled in the Intense School at the time of closure can read SCHEV's March 10 Advisory for information about free tuition for replacement courses.