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Contact: Kirsten Nelson(804)225-2627
KirstenNelson@schev.edu

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

January 7, 2010

SCHEV Assisting Students Affected by ComputerTraining.edu School Closure

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is assisting Virginia residents who were enrolled at ComputerTraining.edu at the time of its recent and unexpected closure. SCHEV is helping eligible students receive tuition reimbursements, continue their studies at comparable training facilities, and attain their academic records from the closed institution.

SCHEV staff are already working with other training facilities in the Commonwealth to provide teach-out opportunities for Virginia residents who were enrolled at the closed institution. The teach-out will allow students to complete the program of study for which they originally enrolled. If an appropriate teach-out arrangement cannot be coordinated in the students’ best interest, they will be able to file a claim against the Student Tuition Guaranty Fund (STGF) to receive a refund of the unearned tuition paid to ComputerTraining.edu.

Administered by SCHEV, the STGF is a fund established by the Virginia General Assembly that offers partial refunds to students who were attending a private postsecondary institution at the time of its closure and who are subsequently unable to complete their program of study through a teach-out. Students are allowed up to three years from the date of a school’s closure to file a claim against the STGF. Virginia students impacted by the closure of ComputerTraining.edu should expect a letter from SCHEV staff outlining their options of a teach-out or refund through the STGF.

SCHEV was notified on Monday, January 4, 2010, that ComputerTraining.edu had closed. The private vocational training facility had been certified to operate in Virginia since 2002. Each of the school’s three Virginia locations, including Chantilly, Chesapeake, and Richmond, were affected by the closure, as were its branches in eight other states. ComputerTraining.edu offered the Microsoft Networking Technology Program.

SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education, among its responsibilities is the certification of 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 on higher education issues.

For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at KirstenNelson@schev.edu or (804) 225-2627. Students with questions should be referred directly to Linda Woodley, SCHEV Director of Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education, at LindaWoodley@schev.edu or (804) 371-2938.

For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at KirstenNelson@schev.edu or (804)225-2627.

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