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Current Advisories

Statement to parties seeking information about official state certification and/or authentication of diplomas:

Pursuant to Virginia Code section 23.1-900.01, "each public institution of higher education and private institution of higher education may provide any diploma or other proof of education to requesting individuals or entities using the method that it deems appropriate, in either electronic or paper form." Please consult the university or college registrar's office or website for further details.

Advisories

  • Virginia College

    Update 1/30/19 - Virginia College students seeking refunds of unearned tuition will need to complete the Student Tuition Guaranty Fund claim form, and submit it to SCHEV along with copies of their Enrollment Agreement or contract, completed W-9, and proof of payment for all tuition payments made to the school (i.e. promissory note, school receipt, cancelled check – front and back, credit card receipt, or statement showing charge to school).

    Students had to be enrolled at the time of Virginia College’s closure to be eligible for the partial refund. If the tuition was paid by a student loan, the refund will be sent to the lender with any remaining balance going to the student. Students have three years from the date of the school closure to file a claim against the Student Tuition Guaranty Fund.

    Update 12/18/18 - The US Department of Education is hosting a series of interactive informational webinars for Virginia College students to address students’ questions and
    concerns. To view a schedule of upcoming webinars or to sign up to participate, visit the US DOE website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/education-corporation-america-webinars.pdf. A closed caption option is available for the hearing impaired.

    December 14, 2018
    The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has been notified that Education Corporation of America, the parent company of Virginia College, has had its accreditation suspended by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), resulting in the closure of more than 75 campuses nationwide. In the Commonwealth, this impacts approximately 300 students attending the Virginia College campus in Midlothian, which will close its doors in mid-December.

    SCHEV has prepared an information sheet for students currently enrolled at Virginia College. Additionally, SCHEV is working with Virginia College administrators to obtain academic and financial records for current students and to ensure that former students’ records are preserved and maintained in accordance with Virginia regulatory requirements. 

    Please monitor this website for additional information as it becomes available. 
     
  • University of Northern Virginia

    WARNING: Student records from the University of Northern Virginia should not be accepted as official documents. Neither transcripts nor diplomas from the institution can be verified as true and accurate. 

    Despite the University of Northern Virginia’s 2013 closure and revocation of its certificate to operate in Virginia, several individuals are currently attempting to pass themselves off as registrars from the institution. It has recently come to light that these supposed registrars are operating from a Virginia post office box and offering students “replacement diplomas” for as little as $150. Individuals engaging in this activity are in violation of Virginia law.
  • Regency Beauty Institute

    Institution Closure: 10/3/16

    Regency Beauty student letter [pdf]

    SCHEV has been notified that Regency Beauty Institute voluntarily closed all of its Virginia locations on September 28, 2016. SCHEV is working with their accreditor, the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS), as well as the Board of Barbers and Cosmetology to find solutions for  students of Regency Beauty Institute who were enrolled at the time of closure.  

    Currently,  Regency is working with other accredited cosmetology schools to complete a “teach-out” plan. Students are encouraged to visit the school website (www.regency.edu)
    to receive updates on the options that will be available to them. 

    Students who were eligible for  federal financial aid may also visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/regency  for information from the US Department of Education regarding their student loans. 

    Additionally, SCHEV will work with the administration of the institution to obtain academic and financial records for current students as well as to ensure  the preservation of student records for  former students.  Periodic updates regarding the Regency closure will be posted to the SCHEV website (www.schev.edu).   
     
  • ITT Technical Institute

    ITT Technical Institute Open House Information Guide [pdf]

    Update 12/6/16 - 
    Transcripts for students who attended ITT prior to 2001 are not currently available.

    Update 9/9/2016
     - Please read the latest ITT Student Advisory letter for more information about the ITT Technical Institute closure and student options.

    Update 9/7/2016 - The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has posted information on its website that provides important information to students who were enrolled in ITT Technical Institute at the time of closure. For more information, please go to: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/itt

    9/6/2016- The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia  has been notified that ITT Technical Institute has voluntarily ceased offering postsecondary education and will close all of its campuses. SCHEV is working with ITT Technical Institute's accrediting agency, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, and the U.S. Department of Education to determine alternatives for students enrolled at ITT Technical Institute at the time of closure. Furthermore, SCHEV will work with the administration of the institution to obtain academic and financial records for current students as well as ensure that the preservation of student records for all former students meets Virginia regulatory requirements.

    Please monitor this website for additional information as it becomes available.

  • Medtech College

    Advisory: August 10, 2016:  Medtech College-Falls Church, VA

    Medtech College voluntarily closed on  August 10, 2016.  If you are a student enrolled at the institution at the time of closure, please read the Medtech Advisory for Students for important information regarding your options. 


  • World College

    World College is no longer certified to operate a postsecondary institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia as of August 31, 2014. If you were a student enrolled atWorld College at the time of closure, please follow this link for important information regarding alternatives for degree completion.

    On July 3, 2014, Corinthian Colleges reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education on a transition plan to provide students an opportunity to complete their course of study or, in some instances, receive a refund of tuition and other charges. In Virginia, students attending Everest College at campuses located in Vienna, Woodbridge, Newport News and Chesapeake are affected by this agreement. The U.S. Department of Education has set up a webpage that provides information for students who attend Corinthian College schools. For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions(FAQ) regarding the status of Everest College campuses in Virginia and elsewhere, please follow the link below: 

    https://studentaid.ed.gov/about/announcements/corinthian


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