Here's What Vatterott College Students Need to Know After Monday's Closure

Students and staff were told to gather their things Monday and leave campus.

Alex Degman
December 18, 2018 - 6:50 am
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BERKELEY, Mo. (KMOX) — A Berkeley-based for-profit college abruptly closed Monday, leaving students wondering what's next.

Vatterott Educational Centers told students in a letter Monday all campuses were closing due to new restrictions from the Department of Education restricting its ability to participate in federal financial aid programs. 

It claims that killed plans to sell most of its campuses to Education Corporation of America -- which itself is also shutting down.

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and colleges revoked Vatterott's accreditation this year, the commission says the school failed to -- quote -- "demonstrate successful student achievement."

Vatterott operated campuses in Fairview Heights, Berkeley, St. Charles and Sunset Hills -- as well as the L'Ecole Culinaire institute.

Students and staff were told to gather their things Monday and leave campus.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin was quick to respond to news of the closure. In confirming the closure, the Democrat says the school’s 156 students in Illinois and 2,300 nationwide “are left high and dry.”

If you were a student at Vatterott College or L'Ecole Culinaire and had a federal loan, you might be able to get it discharged. The Missouri Department of Education also has set up a page with information for Vatterott students.