Important Information for Students That Attended Dream Center Schools That Closed in December 2018

Important Information for Students That Attended Dream Center Education Holdings-owned Schools That Closed in December 2018

On Nov. 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that more students who attended 24 schools owned by Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) could qualify for a closed school loan discharge. ED also announced automatic loan cancellations for students who attended five DCEH-owned schools. As is the case with all school closures, students who received Federal Pell Grants at the closed school will automatically have their Pell eligibility restored.

Expanded Eligibility Window for Closed School Loan Discharge
Loan Cancellations
Information About DCEH School Closures in March 2019

Expanded Eligibility Window for Closed School Loan Discharge

As a student loan borrower, you may be eligible for a closed school loan discharge of the federal student loans you borrowed to attend a DCEH-owned school under either of these circumstances:

  • Your DCEH-owned school closed while you were enrolled. If you were on an approved leave of absence from your DCEH-owned school, for purposes of the federal student aid programs, you are considered to have been enrolled, or
  • You withdrew from all classes at a DCEH-owned school named below on or after June 29, 2018. A closed school loan discharge normally applies only if you withdrew from your school within 120 days of the school’s closure date, or if you were attending when the school closed. However, ED made an exception for the schools listed below.

Contact your federal loan servicer or visit StudentAid.gov/closedschool to learn more about all of the closed school loan discharge eligibility requirements and the process. Completed closed school loan discharge applications must be returned to your loan servicer.

The expanded window of eligibility for a closed school loan discharge applies to the following DCEH-owned schools that closed in December 2018:

Institution Name

Location

The Art Institute of Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

Argosy University - Inland Empire

Ontario, CA

Argosy University - The Art Institute of California - Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

Argosy University - The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire

San Bernardino, CA

Argosy University - San Diego

San Diego, CA

Argosy University - The Art Institute of California - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Argosy University - The Art Institute of California - Orange County

Santa Ana, CA

Argosy University - Denver

Denver, CO

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale - Harbor Place Building

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Argosy University - Sarasota

Sarasota, FL

Argosy University - Schaumburg

Schaumburg, IL

The Art Institute of Phoenix - The Art Institute of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Miami International University of Art & Design - Art Institute of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

Miami International University of Art & Design - Art Institute Raleigh

Durham, NC

The Art Institute of Portland

Portland, OR

The Art Institute of Portland - Industrial Design Workshop

Portland, OR

The Art Institute of Portland - Culinary Arts Facility

Portland, OR

The Art Institute of Philadelphia (two locations)

Philadelphia, PA

The Art Institute of Atlanta - The Art Institute of Charleston

Charleston, SC

The Art Institute of Atlanta - Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville

Nashville, TN

Argosy University - Nashville

Nashville, TN

The Art Institute of Atlanta - The Art Institute of Washington

Arlington, VA

Loan Cancellations

ED is aware that some believe that there are problems with the actions of your former DCEH-owned school’s accreditor, that your school has now closed, and that the accreditor’s actions may make it difficult to transfer credits you earned at your former school to another school.

For the period when you received a loan to cover educational expenses between Jan. 20, 2018, and before your school closed in December 2018, ED is cancelling your obligation to repay those loans. There is nothing you need to do for your loans to be cancelled.

However, you must repay loans that you received prior to this date. You will receive a separate notice from your loan servicer about which loans have been cancelled and which loans you still have, if any.

Loans are being cancelled for students enrolled between Jan. 20, 2018, and Dec. 14, 2018, at the following DCEH-owned schools:

Institution Name

Location

The Art Institute of Colorado (two locations)

Denver, CO

The Illinois Institute of Art

Chicago, IL

The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg

Schaumburg, IL

The Illinois Institute of Art - The Art Institute of Michigan

Novi, MI

Information About DCEH School Closures in March 2019

Some DCEH-owned schools precipitously closed in March 2019. Visit StudentAid.gov/closures for a fact sheet, recorded webinar, and other information about the March 2019 closures.