Argosy University Closure UPDATED

March 22, 2019

The Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) has been notified of the closure of Argosy University.  The following information is provided for the students attending the Atlanta (980 Hammond Drive, Building 2, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30328) and Online (GA students only) (333 City BLVD West, Suite 1810, Orange County, CA 92868) campuses who have been affected by this closure.  

U.S. Department of Education (ED)

The Federal Student Aid  School Closure portal has been updated with  information to help impacted Argosy and Art Institute students.  

The Argosy and Art Institute pages have been updated on StudentAid.gov/closures

The following are individual pages and updates:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/dream-center - Argosy announcement page indicating closure and directing students to the closure portal

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/dream-center.pdf - Art Institute (AI) and Argosy fact sheet

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/dream-center-closures.xlsx - School spreadsheet with closure dates and CSLD information

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/argosy-information-fairs.xlsx - March 13, 2019 update on transfer fairs and state web portals designed to help AI and Argosy students.

UPDATED INFORMATION:

  1. The ED has posted its webinar schedule: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/dream-center-webinars.pdf. You are encouraged to attend.
  2. Student and Visitor Exchange Program: 
  • Argosy students who are in "Active" status may seek the following:
    • Seek a change of status,
    • Enroll in another qualified program of study at an SEVP certified school, or
    • Depart the United States. 
  • Nonimmigrant students who have questions about their options should call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400. This number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The response center can assist with the facilitation of transfer to SEVP-certified schools where the students have accepted admission.
  • Please refer to our School Search page to find schools certified by SEVP to enroll nonimmigrant students. F-1 nonimmigrant students must enroll in a full course of study at an SEVP-certified school in order to maintain their nonimmigrant status.

Accreditation

Argosy University’s accreditor, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), is publishing resource information and transfer possibilities at the following: https://www.wscuc.org/news/information-argosy-university-students .  

Additionally, other accreditors have listed possible transfer options and resources on their websites:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC): https://www.hlcommission.org/download/_PublicStatements/20190515%20Public%20Statement%20on%20Argosy%20University.pdf

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) - http://www.sacscoc.org/Argosy.asp 

American Psychological Association (APA): https://www.apa.org/apags/argosy-transfer-review and https://www.apa.org/apags/argosy 

CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs)

Transcripts (Current Students at Georgia Campuses)

It is our understanding that Argosy University will provide a transcript to students by completing a request through your student portal. 

Program Completion

Institutions, which may have similar offerings, have expressed interest in assisting Argosy University students to complete their programs.  Please see the spreadsheet below entitled Argosy Closure Teach Out Institution List by Program for details (this document will be updated as more information from institutions become available).  Please contact the institution directly.

You may also wish to research other institutions that offer similar programs:

                University System of Georgia        www.usg.edu  

                Technical College System of Georgia        www.tcsg.edu

                Directory of Institutions (GNPEC)        www.gnpec.georgia.gov

If you are transferring to another institution and need additional assistance, please complete and email the Argosy Students Information Request Form to GNPEC at info@gnpec.ga.gov.

 

If you have unearned tuition for a course or courses that have not been delivered due to this closure (meaning you have paid out-of-pocket for courses that you did not complete due to the closure), you may be eligible for additional assistance. Please complete and email the Argosy Students Information Request Form to GNPEC at info@gnpec.ga.gov.

 

FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS AND PELL GRANTS:
If you have general questions about federal loans you should first try to contact your loan servicer. Additional information on loan forgiveness and refund discharge is available at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation.

Please be advised that if you completed or are in the process of completing a comparable program of study at another school through an Argosy University teach-out, by transferring academic credits or hours earned from Argosy University, or by any other comparable means, you are NOT eligible for a closed school discharge. However, if you transfer credits from Argosy University to a completely different program of study at a new school, it does not disqualify you for discharge.

Additionally, according to the ED, “Even if the schools do not officially close, ED has begun the process to identify Argosy and Art Institute students that were disbursed a federal direct student loan for the current term and is in the process of cancelling them.  The cancellation of the disbursement for the current term for all students that are transferring to complete their educational program at another institution will be done automatically with adjustments made to your loan balance to reflect it.  For current Federal Pell Grant recipients transferring to a school and starting classes before July 1, 2019, the financial aid office at your new school will be able to determine your remaining 2018-19 Pell Grant eligibility.  ED will be notifying schools about Pell Grant processing for students affected by this situation.”      

If you still have questions about your Federal Student Loans or Pell Grants, GNPEC suggests you contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group of the U.S. Department of Education. More information about this group is available at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/disputes/prepare

VETERANS:
Please visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/FGIB/Restoration.asp to learn more about your options. Some benefit eligibility may be restored depending on the details of the closing and your circumstances. If you received VA benefits, you will need to contact the VA regarding the possibility of having benefits reinstated.

If you have private loans, you need to contact your loan servicers to determine their processes, if any, for requesting a loan adjustment or discharge.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please complete and email the Argosy Students Information Request Form to GNPEC at info@gnpec.ga.gov.

 

PLEASE NOTE

GNPEC will update the content of this page as new information becomes available.  

 

Regarding the "Argosy Closure Teach Out Institution List by Program" related file below, which is being updated regularly, GNPEC has been provided specific contact information for many of the listed programs.  Please email info@gnpec.ga.gov for specific program contact information, if available.