Rep. Gene Green Statement on ITT Closures in Greater Houston
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement in response to ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT) announcing that it is closing all of its ITT campuses, including three in the Houston area.
“My biggest concern is for the nearly 1,600 current students in Houston and Harris County whose futures are immediately impacted by ITT Educational Services, Inc.’s (ITT) decision to not take corrective actions and instead close. The closure came amid increasingly heightened financial oversight measures put in place by the Department of Education over the past two years due to significant concerns about ITT’s administrative capacity, organizational integrity, financial viability, and ability to serve students. It was ITT’s business decisions that put its students and millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal student aid at risk.
“The majority of ITT students come from humble backgrounds and invest thousands of dollars in their education for a better future for themselves and their families. It is the job of Congress and the Department of Education to honor these students’ hard work and safeguard their financial commitment to their education. Most immediately, students have two basic options to choose between: 1. apply for a discharge or 2. transfer schools.
“Whatever students choose to do, it is my hope that they do not give up on their education. Restarting or continuing one’s education at a high-quality, reputable institution may feel like a setback today, but it is a decision that will pay off in the long run.”
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