Chris Quintana USA TODAY Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 26, 2019 Zayna Achmar, who had been studying clinical psychology at the Chicago branch of Argosy University for three years, was blindsided when the college closed this month. The last days were “chaotic and emotional,” she said. Professors emptied out their offices, while students ran around trying to get their academic records. Even the library was giving away its books. None of this had been on her mind when the 32-year-old enrolled at the university years ago, hoping to get her doctorate. Several people close to her had gone to the for-profit university, and it was accredited, so she thought it was safe. Over the past semester, Argosy crumbled, it seemed, with little notice. “I am not just devastated for myself, but for the professors and everyone else affected,” Achmar said. There were warning signs, though students unfamiliar with the world of higher … [Read more...] about How to choose a college that won’t close, like Argosy University did
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Rachel Leingang Arizona Republic Published 5:53 PM EDT Mar 16, 2019 PHOENIX – Niki Terranova has worked for nearly six years to earn a doctorate degree. She was finally set to finish her internship, the last piece of the degree’s requirements, on June 21. Graduation was in sight. She was picturing the ceremony, where she would get "hooded," a rite of passage for doctoral graduates. But all of that has changed. Terranova, 41, was a student as Argosy University, which abruptly shuttered its campuses across the country last week, leaving thousands of students adrift. Whether she will graduate, or have to redo some of her education, is murky. "To have done all this work and gone this far to do what I’m dreaming of doing, and then it’s going to get snatched away from me? What do I do?" she wondered the day before the schools closed on March 8. She's spent tens of thousands of dollars in tuition each year. She was owed more than $9,000 in … [Read more...] about Argosy University students struggle after chain abruptly closes
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaii News Now is reporting Argosy University ceased operations at campuses across the state of Hawaii Friday, abandoning hundreds of Hawaii students mid-semester. And students aren’t the only ones who will see the fallout, according to the Hawaii news site. Experts say Argosy’s closure could leave the state struggling without enough licensed psychologists given their unique ― and popular clinical psychology doctoral program. Argosy has campuses nationwide, including one in Downtown Honolulu and classes on several Neighbor Islands as well as overseeing the American Samoa campus. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and other members of Congress urged the U.S. Department of Education to offer support to students left in the lurch as Argosy University ceases operations Friday. In a letter to the U.S. Education Department, Schatz and 12 other senators said the federal government should take “immediate action to assist students." The … [Read more...] about Argosy University’s closure leaves students scrambling, threatens broader impacts for govt
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Honolulu landlord for Argosy University Hawaii has filed a complaint at the state court to evict the school for failure to pay outstanding rent of more than $100,000, according to filings at the federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, which is overseeing a complaint against Argosy’s owner, Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) LLC — currently facing financial woes. The landlord, Douglas Emmett 2010, LLC, filed Monday a motion seeking to intervene in the federal case, and be included with other landlords who joined the case as movants, after DCEH’s schools including Argosy failed to make timely rental payments. Argosy Hawaii oversees the university’s American Samoa branch, which is not mentioned in court filings. Argosy has not paid Movant rent in several months, and the current arrearage is $122,737.58 which is the unpaid lease amount cited in an eviction lawsuit filed Feb. 1st against Argosy at the Hawai’i state … [Read more...] about Argosy University’s legal troubles continue
Rachel Leingang Arizona Republic Published 7:27 PM EST Feb 8, 2019 Facing financial woes and accreditation issues, Argosy University campuses across the country have not paid millions in promised financial aid to students this semester. Students at the private, nonprofit university told The Arizona Republic they're missing mortgage payments, going without books required for classes and skipping grocery runs. In all, more than $9 million in financial aid has not been distributed to students, a court-appointed receiver said, and it's unclear where the money is. Cynthia Morgan, a doctoral student in professional psychology at Argosy in Phoenix, said she has not received about $11,000 in scholarships and federal loans she's owed. She's been waiting since December for a stipend payment for an alumni scholarship she was promised. Because she hasn't received the money, she was late on her January mortgage payment. She wrote a bad check to her … [Read more...] about Argosy University is withholding financial aid. Students can’t pay bills.