State teams up with Indiana colleges to relocate 1,000 former ITT Tech students

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Help is on the way for more than 1,000 ITT Tech students in Indiana that were left in the dust after the school unexpectedly closed last week.

Five Indiana colleges are offering their assistance to ITT Tech students. Some are even reducing the cost of tuition in an effort to make sure those students get the degrees they set out to earn.

“These are valuable people who have a lot to offer to our communities and we want to help them in every way that we can,” said Dr. David Wright, President of Indiana Wesleyan University.

More than 1,000 Hoosier ITT Tech students are getting major assistance from the state in seeking re-enrollment at other Indiana institutions.

“We can actually look at them and say we can help with the forgiveness of loans through the federal government discharge program. If you have credits, we’re going to have to on a case by case basis, make sure that the academic rigor and quality of those credits are recognized by the schools who receive them,” said Teresa Lubbers the Commissioner of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

ITT Tech abruptly closed this month, with no warning, leaving hundreds of Hoosiers out thousands of dollars and scrambling to find another college willing to accept their credits.

“Their current credits may not be as marketable as they want them to be, but to the individual Hoosier who has chosen to go to school and to learn, that’s not worthless. So now they need to figure out a university that will accept their credits or work with them to find a pathway,” said Allison Barber, Chancellor of WGU Indiana.

Five area colleges are now stepping up. Many are eliminating application and enrollment fees. Indiana Wesleyan is even reducing tuition by ten percent for students enrolling from ITT Tech.

The state is pledging assistance in obtaining loan forgiveness for students that qualify. The state Department of Veterans Affairs is also asking the federal government to allow re-enrollment for veterans through the GI Bill, which in its current version does not allow for re-enrollment.

The work will begin at an event hosted by Ivy Tech Community College where all former ITT Tech students are invited to begin the next chapter in their education.

“Our higher-ed institutions really are going to work together to make sure that those students know all of the options available to them,” said Sue Ellspermann, the President of Ivy Tech Community College.

Ellspermann announced Ivy Tech’s efforts and partnership with Indiana colleges to host statewide events at Ivy Tech campuses where ITT Technical Institute students can come and meet with representatives from all participating colleges to explore opportunities for continuing their degrees. The first of these events will be held 4-7 p.m. on  Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis campus. Details are available here.