ITT Tech Closure

On September 6, 2016, ITT Technical Institute ceased operations nationwide. This sudden closure has affected students enrolled in the five ITT campuses throughout Virginia, including locations in Salem, Chantilly, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Richmond. Governor McAuliffe is dedicated to supporting these students during the difficult transition process and ensuring they receive the skills and training they need to be successful in the new Virginia economy.

Immediately following ITT Tech’s closure, Governor McAuliffe directed the State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) to remain in close contact with ITT Tech leadership and to work quickly to determine alternatives for students. The Governor also directed the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to be available to displaced students looking to enroll in applicable programs at one of our 23 community colleges. Additionally, the Governor directed the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) to leverage state resources to assist these students, including the many veterans and active-duty servicemen and women who were enrolled at ITT. Finally, Governor McAuliffe established this online resource in order to provide former ITT Tech students, including veterans and alumni, with the answers and information they need to continue their education in the great Commonwealth of Virginia.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Governor McAuliffe’s administration and relevant state agencies responded to the closure of ITT Technical Institute by immediately getting to work to minimize the impact on students.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has been in close communication with the administrators of ITT Technical Institute, the institution’s accrediting agency and the U.S. Department of Education to determine alternatives for students affected by the closure of the school.

If you have additional questions or need assistance with the options available to you, please send an email to Sandra Freeman with the words “ITT TECH” in the subject line.

The U.S. Department of Education is sponsoring a series of nationwide webinars for all former ITT Tech students in order to share information and address questions and concerns. Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs will also be taking part.

For a full schedule, including how to register, click here

Yes. As a former student who graduated prior to ITT Tech’s closure, your degree is still valid.

As always, the decision to accept transfer credits is up to the receiving institution.  You may view a list of other schools that have entered into articulation agreements with the ITT Technical Institutes at their website.

Enrolled ITT Tech students have the option of transferring to another institution or requesting forgiveness of student loans. SCHEV has contacted students enrolled in ITT Tech at the time of closure by email or U.S. mail with information about the options available. In addition, SCHEV has posted additional information on its website.

Enrolled ITT Tech students have the option of transferring to another institution or requesting forgiveness of student loans. SCHEV has contacted students enrolled in ITT Tech at the time of closure by email or U.S. mail with information about the options available. In addition, SCHEV has posted additional information on its website.

If you have additional questions regarding GI Bill benefits, please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 or visit the GI Bill website.

Institutions throughout Virginia have offered assistance to displaced students. The Virginia Community College System, member institutions of Virginia Career College Association, and other public and private institutions have helped organize informational fairs to provide assistance to students wishing to continue their studies. A list of these informational fairs is updated regularly at: ITT Technical Institute Fair Information Guide.

Thanks to the New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program, 124 different community college training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges are now able to provide workforce credentials at one-third of their former cost. For a list of programs covered by the grants and more information, visit the VCCS website.

Virginia’s Community Colleges offer hundreds of industry-certified credentials available through their short-term training programs. In addition, VCCS offers a variety of pathways to traditional associate degrees and even bachelor’s degrees through their transfer agreements with more than three-dozen public and private universities.

Please use the chart below to reach out to your nearest community college to continue your higher education as soon as possible:

ITT Technical Institute Campus   
(in Virginia)

Nearest VCCS College

Toll Free

Norfolk Campus

Tidewater Community College


Northern Virginia Campus – Chantilly

Northern Virginia Community College


Northern Virginia Campus – Springfield

Northern Virginia Community College


Richmond Campus

John Tyler Community College


Roanoke Campus

Virginia Western Community College


SCHEV is responsible for maintaining student records after ITT Tech’s closure. To obtain a copy of your transcript, please visit the updated ITT website. Transcripts are currently available to all students, including alumni.

Students who have federal loans but do not choose to transfer to another institution have the option of loan forgiveness. For additional information, read this announcement.

Students who have incurred an out-of-pocket expense for any portion of fall 2016 semester and did not receive a refund from ITT Tech can file an unearned tuition claim. To do so, complete this form.

If you have additional questions regarding refunds, send an email to Monica Lewis at SCHEV with the words “ITT TECH REFUNDS” in the subject line.  


Press Coverage

Virginia Western helping ITT Tech students continue education

Virginia Western Community College is reaching out to those who have been affected by the recent closure of ITT Technical Institute.

Washington Post
Everything ITT students need to know now that the for-profit school has closed

The abrupt closure of ITT Technical Institutes on Tuesday left 35,000 students without degrees that many took on debt to complete. None of the options available to those students are simple and each comes with its own set of drawbacks.
ITT Technical Institutes closing in Salem, across the country

ITT Technical Institutes is closing. There are five branches in Virginia including one in Salem, Chantilly, Springfield, Norfolk and Richmond. There are 130 campuses across the country. The upcoming fall 2016 quarter was scheduled to begin Monday.
ITT Tech shuts down all campuses after federal aid sanctions

The for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services is shutting down its campuses days after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid.