The Art Institutes Shutting Down 15 Locations

Education Management Corp., operator of The Art Institutes schools, is shutting down 15 of The Art Institutes locations. The Illinois Institute of Art-Tinley Park isn’t accepting any new students, and will remain open for two years so the 225 students currently enrolled can complete their studies.

Education Management Corp runs 51 Art Institutes campuses in 25 states and Canada. The Art Institutes is a for-profit college that offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in fields such as graphic design, film-making, fashion design and culinary arts. The Art Institutes has experienced declining enrollment in the last few years.

The 15 campuses slated to shut down are Atlanta (Decatur), Fort Worth, Houston (North), Jacksonville, Kansas City, Michigan (Troy), New England, New York City, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Silicon Valley, Tinley Park, Washington (Dulles), Wisconsin and York. 36 locations will remain operational.

Chris Hardman, a spokesman for Education Management Corp., said the closings come after “after a lengthy review process across the system,” and that the company considered certain criteria, including market demand and proximity to other AI locations. According to Hardman, EDMC underwent restructuring last month that resulted in a debt reduction from $1.5 billion to $400 million.
Parent company Education Management Corp was under investigation in 2011 by the Department of Justice for targeting low-income families and enrolling too many students at once, and once the students graduated there just weren’t enough jobs available for all of the graduates.

For-profit schools like The Art Institutes have been under scrutiny for some time for allegedly preparing students for a career that can’t justify the expensive cost of tuition. Two weeks ago, DeVry University announced it was closing 14 of its campuses. Before that, Corinthian Colleges, owner of Everest, WyoTech and Heald shut down all of its operations, and in February Kaplan sold all 38 of its schools as well. It’s a trend for-profit colleges seem to be following amid countless investigations and scrutiny into predatory behavior. If you went to the Art Institutes, you may qualify for federal loan forgiveness under one of President Obama’s loan forgiveness programs. Goodbye Loans specializes in assisting students from for-profit colleges such as The Art Insitutes. You DO NOT have to have attended one of the closing locations to qualify.

 

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Comments (24)

  1. mitch hose
    June 30, 2015

    I attended the Art Institute of Portland from 2009-2012. I am interested in seeing if I qualify for loan forgiveness.
    Thank you.

  2. jennifer rodinr
    July 31, 2015

    I attended AI- Minneapolis from 2009-2013. I very interested inseeing if I qualify for loan forgiveness

    • Admin
      August 20, 2015

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    • Admin
      August 20, 2015

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  3. Rodrigo Tafoya
    August 4, 2015

    It’s not fair that “The Art Institutes of Salt Lake City, Utah” has finally ended but I can make an exception, I want to back to Utah and apply just I need a miracle.

    • Admin
      August 20, 2015

      We would love you to help you out Rodrigo,

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    • Admin
      August 20, 2015

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  4. jon
    August 20, 2015

    I am attending the ai of pittsburgh online devision and I am really concerned after reading up and now finding out that the degree may not oven be credible for a career…..

    • Admin
      August 23, 2015

      Jon we would love to help you out. Does today or tomorrow work better for you for a consultant to reach out to you and see if you qualify and go over your options with you?

      • Vero
        November 22, 2015

        I am in the same situation as Jon. I owe so much money, 1 year away from graduating after 6 years of college and now I cant finish because my loans are not available any more and I need more than 10,000 out of pocket to finish…. What can I do!!?? I am really so depressed over this issue. I cant get a job because I dont have a BS, and now I cant finish… Please help.

  5. jon
    August 20, 2015

    I am attending the ai of pittsburgh online devision and I am really concerned after reading up and now finding out that the degree may not oven be credible for a career…..and on top of my student loans and my grants they may have been just talk in the wind.

    • Admin
      August 20, 2015

      We would love you to help you out Jon,

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  6. Stacey Beecher
    August 27, 2015

    Hi! I saw this on Facebook and have already made the call. I attended one in Phoenix AZ. Graduated in 2007, been hurting financially ever since. I pray this is the answer. And private loans….please get help for those soon!

    • Admin
      August 31, 2015

      We would love you to help you out Stacey,

      Please call us directly at 424-325-6343 and leave a voicemail if the lines are busy. We also will have one of the reps email you directly to further help you out.

  7. Stacey Beecher
    August 27, 2015

    ok, I lied I didn’t go with goodbye loans. I went with another company that helps with repayment. From what I understand goodbye loans is a scam

  8. NIKKI
    August 31, 2015

    I attended AI for a little over a year in SF back in 2005 and have over $15,000 in school bills, this amount was even cut in half from over $30,000 by the president about 2 yrs ago, for schooling I was never even able to finish, not from any fault of my own mind you but I was going through my courses and all of the sudden before I was even able to finish my finals I was pulled into the office by a very rude administrator and told I didn’t have enough of a loan anymore to continue, I had my backpack and portfolio stolen from me by the BART and the school did nothing to help me recover my items nor did they imburse me for the many of hundreds of dollars I paid for supplies out of my own pocket that we’re stolen. This is a horribly over priced institution and does not care about it’s students nor does it have any compassion for any of the issues that the students may go through, they never offered me an alternative for trying to help me with financial aid or anything, I had written letters on numerous occasions a couple of years after having to move back to NV after being “kicked out” so to speak and every letter has apparently fallen on deaf ears. I would have loved to continue my schooling and career there but there was no effort whatsoever to attempt to help me, however, they definitely want to communicate with me ONLY because they want their $15,000 for not even 2 yrs of schooling. I would absolutely like to see if this may be looked into further, I realize once again that SF wasn’t one of the schools on the “closing down list” but I personally think it should be and think all AI schools should be closed as they are crooks in my opinion. Any possible reimbursement or further research into this would be amazing for me.

    Thank you;

    Nikki

    • Admin
      September 1, 2015

      We would love you to help you out Nikki,

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    • Admin
      September 5, 2015

      We would love you to help you out Carissa,

      Please call us directly at 424-325-6343 and leave a voicemail if the lines are busy. We also will have one of the reps email you directly to further help you out.

    • Brandi
      November 2, 2015

      Hi did you ever get your transcript from them? Because they are holding mine until I pay 10,000. Is that possible?

  9. Joshua Martin
    September 10, 2015

    Hello,

    I attended Ai OC from 2007-2010. I had an associates from OCC in New York. I signed up at Ai OC and once signed up, they told me which credits would transfer, which was about 20%. I felt scammed right away. Once 2 years in at Ai OC I really started seeing the Red Flags. I was forced to take out private loans at 23% interest rates my last 2 quarters. This was “my only choice,” said the financial aid lady. I pay almost $1,000 a month not ever touching my principle. My loans increase monthly with that payment. I’m beyond frustrated with Ai and the financial aid system. I’d like to organize a class action lawsuit against Ai and Sallie mae for scamming students and forcing them into these situations. For Profit schools will be the death of the US. Please help with Federal and Private loans.

    • Admin
      September 10, 2015

      We would love you to help you out Joshua
      ,

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  10. ERICA FERGUSON
    November 16, 2015

    I attended AI Kansas City from 2009-2013. It’s now shutting down… I need information on the loan forgiveness… Please and thank you.

  11. DONNA
    November 18, 2015

    Does anyone forgive the Parent Plus Loan that has destroyed me

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