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Information for Argosy University


 

April 19, 2019
Alder University, located in Chicago, asked our office to send the following information to students enrolled in Argosy University’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program:

Dear PsyD. Student,
As a non-profit, graduate institution, Adler University recognizes the challenges that former Argosy students have faced over the past couple of months.  Several of you have contacted our Chicago Campus as you have been exploring your options to complete your degree.  We understand your options may be limited and could require relocation to complete the program that you have invested so much in already.

We are writing to you today because we are evaluating the possibility of establishing a presence in the Minneapolis area and serving as a “teach-out” option for PsyD students in Minnesota beginning this fall.  In order to gauge student interest and ensure we provide appropriate support and resources, we need your help assessing the situation.

Additionally, representatives from Adler University including our Vice President of Academic Affairs (an Argosy Alum) will be hosting a meet and greet in the Twin Cities April 29th or 30th.  We encourage all of you to come meet with us and learn more.
Please take a moment to complete this form by Wednesday, April 24th, to let us know if you are interested and we will provide further details in the coming week. 

We look forward to hearing from you.
Craig Hines,
Vice President of Admissions,
Adler University.


April 10, 2019
Bill to Help Minnesota Argosy University Students Announced

Financial aid owed but not received will be disbursed

St. Paul, MN -Commissioner Dennis Olson, Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) and Representative Connie Bernardy are today announcing a proposal to help Argosy University Twin Cities campus students recover financially from the college's abrupt closure last month.

Close to 1,000 students were enrolled at Argosy University Twin Cities when it shut its doors on March 8, about halfway through the spring semester. In addition to their education being disrupted, students also did not receive grant and loan funds they were depending on to pay living and miscellaneous expenses. The legislation announced today would give OHE the authority to release Argosy students from liability for any Minnesota SELF student loans for the spring 2019 semester, and pay them directly for other state financial aid.

"Whether it was their first semester or last, Argosy students had their plans for the future sidetracked in a way they could never have imagined," said Governor Tim Walz. "Helping to lessen their financial burden is the right thing to do."

"Argosy students deserve the same opportunity as others who are working hard to achieve a degree," said Bernardy, Chair of the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Division. "This legislation will help impacted students partner with the Office of Higher Education so they get the financial relief they need."

Current state statute requires OHE to disburse student aid funds directly to the college, which uses the funds to pay tuition and fees before sending the remaining credit balance directly to the student. In the case of Argosy, the entire amount of student aid was kept by the college, leaving students and their families short by thousands of dollars. In the same manner, SELF Loan funding was not disbursed to students, and without this legislation, students are still required to pay those loans back.

"Not only were Argosy students locked out of their college, they also lost the financial aid they were depending on to pay for things such as rent, transportation or childcare," said Commissioner Dennis Olson, OHE. "The proposal we're announcing today will help them get back on their feet so they can continue their education."

Programs impacted by this legislation include the MN SELF Loan, the MN State Grant, Postsecondary Childcare Grants, MN Indian Scholarships and the MN GI Bill. OHE is in the process of determining the number of students who will benefit and the total dollar amount. Students will be contacted once the legislation is signed into law by Governor Walz.

Funding will come from existing appropriations for FY 2019 and from the reserves in the SELF Loan fund. OHE plans to seek recovery of the funds distributed to students and the SELF loan amounts.

An informational hearing on the closing of Argosy University will be held today at 2:30 in the House Higher Education Committee.

In addition to financial difficulties, Argosy students are also working to complete their education at other colleges. For the majority of students, several Minnesota colleges with similar programs have stepped up to create transfer pathways for an easy transition. Other students enrolled in unique, one-of-a-kind programs, or similar programs that are at capacity, are still waiting. The Office of Higher Education has been working with Argosy students and Minnesota colleges to facilitate their transfer options, and to help other colleges secure the accreditation they need to accept new students in high-demand areas, such as dental hygiene.

"Students are understandably discouraged and anxious," said Olson. "While today's proposal is a one-time fix, we plan to consider additional legislation next year to help prevent a situation like this from happening again."

For more information, contact Sandy Connolly at 651-259-3902 or by email at sandy.connolly@state.mn.us.


April 4, 2019

Please find information provided by CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation).


April 2, 2019
Tuition Options update:
The Minnesota Attorney General's office received confirmation from Tuition Options that they are now stopping all auto-payments set up for Argosy University students.

Due to concerns that Tuition Options may not be able to accurately identify all auto-pay students, we are encouraging all students subject to auto-withdrawal to call Tuition Options to "refund/cancel" your payment.
Tuition Options Customer Service Representative contact information:

1-800-423-5513 Servicing.Center@TuitionOptions.com
Business Hours: 9:00am - 10:00pm EST Monday - Friday


March 27, 2019
Updated Transcripts
On March 19, 2019, OHE received updated transcripts that show spring grades through March 11, 2019. If you would like to request an updated copy of your transcript, please contact Brian Geraghty at brian.geraghty@state.mn.us with the following information:

  • the name of the school you are requesting a transcript
  • your current legal name
  • your legal name while attending the school
  • date(s) of attendance
  • where you would like your transcript sent (fax number, email address, or mailing address and to whom)

Dental Hygiene Update
There has been an issue in finding programs in Minnesota for the Dental Hygiene students to transfer to. Most schools that seek to transfer dental students with advanced standing must submit proposals to CODA, the accreditor for dental hygiene programs, for approval. This will delay or complicate whether impacted students will be able to attend a new institution and transfer their credits.

Second year dental students will be unable to take their board certification exam in April 2019

Minnesota State Financial Aid
OHE has determined that it will be unable to issue financial aid refunds/stipends directly to students. OHE is still working on a resolution for SELF Loan borrowers that did not receive funds in excess of tuition and fees


March 15, 2019
Please find information on webinars provided by the U.S. Department of Education - https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/dream-center-webinars.pdf

OHE will be hosting a transfer fair on Friday, March 15th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Please find our office at 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN.
Please enter through the north entrance. Parking is free.

Institutions scheduled to attend: (this information will be updated as additional schools rsvp)

Adler Graduate School
Augsburg University
Bethany Lutheran College
Bethel University
Century College
Concordia University - St. Paul
Crown College
Dakota County Technical College
Dunwoody College of Technology
Hamline University
Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Herzing University - Minneapolis
Inver Hills Community College
Lake Superior College
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Metro State
Normandale Community College
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Rasmussen College
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Saint Paul College
Southwest Minnesota State University
The College of St. Scholastica
University of MN, Twin Cities
University of North Dakota
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
University of St. Thomas
Upper Iowa University
Vermilion Community College
Walden University


March 14, 2018

Please find updated information provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/dream-center
Argosy announcement page indicating closure and directing students to the closure portal.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/dream-center.pdf
Argosy fact sheet


March 13, 2019
If you were seen as a patient at the Argosy University dental hygiene clinic in 2018 or 2019, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry has retained patient records and digital x-ray files due to the school closing indefinitely. The Minnesota Board of Dentistry will assist patients that need their records. Please send requests or questions to bridgett.anderson@state.mn.us or call 612-617-2250.


March 11, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education has confirmed that loans disbursed to Argosy University during Spring semester will be cancelled this Wednesday. Please check with your loan servicer at the end of this week to follow up.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has a site where students can explore their options in more detail, or connect with a volunteer, practicing financial aid administrator.

http://nextstepsed.org/

Saint Mary's University of MN Argosy student transfer fair (03/12/19):

Saint Mary's has scheduled a special transfer fair to be held March 12, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for Argosy students.

Please see this flyer for information regarding specific transfer options. St. Mary's University of Minnesota has also created a web page specifically to communicate transfer and other info to Argosy students. https://www.smumn.edu/admission/argosy-transfer-pathway


March 7, 2019
OHE has received inquiries related to the financial consequences of Argosy University's closure on money owed to them by the school. The following is OHE's understanding on funds owed to students.

Cash Payments or Equivalents
OHE does not anticipate students to receive a refund of any cash payments or equivalents like 529 account distributions or third-party scholarships. If students receive a refund, it will likely be paid by the receiver or a future bankruptcy trustee and will be pro-rated based on funds available to pay all un-secured debtors.

Federal Financial Aid
The US Department of Education has discharged, pending processing, all spring federal financial aid loans and re-set any Pell Grant eligibility from lifetime maximums. OHE does not anticipate Argosy's receiver to pay any living expense checks to students.

Students with unpaid living expenses checks from summer and fall 2019 must file a discharge application through their loan servicer for an unpaid refund.

State Financial Aid
OHE is still analyzing administrative rules and statutes related to grant programs in Minnesota and the SELF Loan to determine options for impacted students.


March 7, 2019
Argosy University-Twin Cities has officially notified OHE that the campus will be closing March 8, 2019.

For students that have more than one year left of their program, Argosy University-Twin Cities and OHE will be hosting transfer fairs. As participants RSVP, we will update our website.


March 7, 2019 Transfer Fair

  • Hosted at Argosy University- Twin Cities
  • 4:00pm to 7:00pm

March 8, 2019 Transfer Fair

  • Hosted at Argosy University-Twin Cities
  • 10:00am to 3:00pm

March 15, 2019 Transfer Fair

  • Hosted at the Office of Higher Education
  • Address: 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul. MN.
  • Please enter through the north entrance. Parking is free
  • 10:00am to 3:00pm

For students that have one year or less of their program, official 'teach-out' plans can be finalized so that students can complete their program. Due to the delay in Argosy University-Twin Cities announcing is closure, there will be disruptions and delays to students being able to complete their program. While no formal arrangements can be announced today, OHE anticipates being able to announce 'teach-out' plans soon.

Argosy University-Twin Cities is working on providing all enrolled students one copy of their transcript to assist in transferring their credits to a new program.

After Argosy University-Twin Cities closes on March 8, 2019, OHE will provide transcripts, free of cost, to Argosy University-Twin Cities students for six months. Priority for transcript requests will be given to students enrolled in the last 120 days.

After six months, there will be a $15 fee for up to 5 transcripts.


March 1, 2019
Due to the announcement that Argosy University has lost its eligibility for federal Title IV financial aid, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education has terminated Argosy University's participation in Minnesota State Financial Aid programs effective May 30, 2019.

This termination will not impact students' eligibility for state financial aid for this semester. The Office continues to explore all administrative options on how to ensure students appropriately receive funds from their Minnesota SELF Loan, State Grant, Postsecondary Child Care Grant, and GI Bill awards.


February 28, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education issued a notification on February 27 to Argosy University representatives that Argosy University's participation in federal aid programs has ended as of today.

The U.S. Department of Education has provided information specific to this action on a web page dedicated to Argosy University and the Art Institutes; https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/dream-center.

While the Argosy has an opportunity to appeal, OHE is waiting for the response of the receiver to determine the operational status of the University and whether students will be able to complete their program.

We continue to work with the U.S. Department of Education, institutional and programmatic accrediting bodies, Argosy University administration, and other educational institutions to develop transfer pathways and teach-out options for students.

Our office will provide updates for students at this website as soon as additional information is available.


February 22, 2019
Given the high volume of calls our office is receiving it has become impossible for OHE to return each individual call while also maintaining contact with the U.S. Department of Education, institutional and programmatic accreditors, the court appointed receiver, and other higher education institutions we have been communicating with to develop transfer pathways in the event of a closure. We understand students have many questions and concerns related to the situation at Argosy University and we want to ensure students that we are doing all we can to gather and communicate information as it becomes available. Your concerns are of great importance to us and we remain dedicated to providing updated information through the page dedicated to Argosy University students on our website; http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2340.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Stipend update:
As of Friday, February 15, 2019, the US Department of Education issued a press release confirming that all student enrolled in Spring semester will:

  1. Receive a loan discharge and re-setting federal Pell grant eligibility for only spring financial aid
  2. Not be receiving stipends from Spring financial aid
  3. Be receiving additional information directly from the US Department of Education

The US Department of Education is working on processing these discharges for students. Information about this discharge:

  1. Students will not have to request the spring semester discharge
  2. The US Department of Education will be providing a phone number for students to verify that this discharge has been processed
  3. The US Department of Education will be providing a phone number for schools to have a student's discharge expedited to allow the student to transfer to a new school

Once these phone numbers are available, OHE will post these numbers.

Teach-Out/Transfer pathways:
While OHE has not received any notice of a closure of the Argosy University- Twin Cities campus, the dire financial situation being reported in court filings and the media is requiring the office to secure transfer options for students.
Once these transfer pathways have been mapped out, they will be posted to this website.
If and when the University officially closes, OHE will contact students directly through email and this website to:

  1. provide information on transfer information
  2. provide guidance on closed school federal loan discharge

OHE is unable to provide the names of institutions we are working with until those arrangements have been finalized.
OHE does not provide student information to other institutions.
We do not provide student information to other institutions.

MN Aid programs; MN state grant, SELF Loan, MN childcare grant:
OHE sent notice to the receiver that the receiver must pay all outstanding refunds of MN SELF Loans to students by February 22, 2019.
If we do not receive confirmation that these stipends have been issued, we will be taking other administrative action to recover MN SELF Loan funds for students and we will begin the process to pay MN State Aid program payments directly to students.
OHE has suspended applications and payments of MN SELF Loan for Argosy University students until OHE can ensure those funds are used appropriately.
Any administrative action to recover MN SELF Loan funds and other MN state aid program payments already made to Argosy University will take time. We ask for your patience during this process.


February 15, 2019
Update on Stipend Funds:
OHE has received notice that students attending Argosy University that have been waiting for their federal financial aid refunds will not be receiving those funds to be used for critical living expenses like rent, food, and transportation. The US Department of Education will be discharging amounts owed to students on federal loans and re-setting lifetime Pell eligibility. While this step helps students in the long-run, it does not help students pay the bills they have today.

On February 15, 2019, OHE notified Argosy University that it classifies the schools in teach-out and that no new enrollments are permitted at the Eagan, MN campus or Minnesota residents into the online campuses. OHE also is seeking all out-standing refunds of MN SELF Loans be made to students by February 22, 2019. If that validation is not made, OHE will take steps to ensure Minnesota tax-payer funded aid programs are paid directly to students and make a bond claim of the SELF Loan funds to refund students.


February 11, 2019
Update related to the release of stipends:
Argosy University, through Dream Center Education Holdings, is under Heightened Cash Monitoring 2 (HCM2) status for federal financial aid eligibility. Under HCM2 status, the school is only able to receive federal financial aid amounts that have been approved by US Department of Education. The school no longer receives advanced payments from the US Department of Education to pay students at the start of each term. Argosy University is required to make disbursements to students from its own institutional funds and then submit a request for reimbursement to the Department of Education.

This payment method is why students are seeing their financial aid applied to their student accounts. This does not mean that the school has those funds yet from the US Department of Education, the money has already been spent, or that each Argosy University campus has the financial aid funds.

Even if all financial aid funds have not been yet received by the school, the receiver is still supposed to find a way to pre-pay students their financial aid refunds.

The media is reporting that $13 million is owed to Argosy students nationwide. OHE has confirmed with Argosy University-Twin Cities officials that $1.38 million dollars in refunds are owed to Minnesota students.

The $1.38 million includes state financial aid and federal financial funds. State financial aid funds include Minnesota SELF Loans and Minnesota State Grants.

The issue of federal financial aid refunds must be resolved by the receiver and the U.S. Department of Education.

OHE is working out a process to ensure that students can receive financial aid refunds for state financial aid programs.

Resolving these issues may take time. We understand that students need these funds to pay for books and living expenses for their programs. When there is additional information available, we will update this website.

For more detailed financial information, please read this court filing.


February 8, 2019
There is a possibility that the Argosy University may close prior to students completing their program. In the event that you are not able to complete your program, you may be able to apply for a Federal Student Aid closed school discharge of your loan. More information about the discharge criteria, process, and application can be found here.

You may be eligible for a discharge of your federal loans if:

  • You were enrolled when your school closed;
  • You were on an approved leave of absence when your school closed; or
  • Your school closed within 120 days after you withdrew.

You are not eligible for a discharge of your loans if:

  • You withdrew more than 120 days before the school closed;
  • You are completing a comparable educational program at another school
  • through a teach-out,
  • by transferring academic credits or hours earned at the closed school to another school, or
  • by any other comparable means;

or

  • You completed all of the coursework for the program before the school closed, even if you did not receive a diploma or certificate.

Stipends Update
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) has been unable to receive confirmation that Argosy University students have received excess financial aid funds owed to them for the Spring 2019 semester. It is the OHE's understanding that the US Department of Education is still working to get these owed funds to students.

In the event that students do not receive their excess financial aid funds and their financial aid included federal financial aid, there is a process for a federal discharge for the unpaid refund amount.

The form for this loan discharge application can be found here.

This form is sent to your federal loan servicer. If you do not know who is your loan servicer is, you can find this information at My Federal Student Aid. This site will allow you to view information about all of your federal student loans and to find contact information for the loan servicer or lender for your loans.

Transfer Pathways
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) has begun working with different colleges and universities as potential transfer opportunities for Argosy University-Twin Cities. As information on these transfer pathways become available, OHE will update this website.


February 1, 2019
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) has received confirmation from campus leadership that newly enrolled students at the Argosy University, Twin Cities campus (i.e., students that enrolled in their program for the first time at Argosy University, Twin Cities in spring semester 2019) will be provided a full refund of their spring 2019 tuition and fees, including e-textbooks, if those students choose to withdraw anytime during the spring semester.

This arrangement was approved by Charlie Dottore, of Dottore Companies, the receiver put in place to manage the financial situation for Dream Center Education Holdings. As a result of this provision, OHE has permitted Argosy University, Twin Cities to continue to enroll new students at this time.

If students have questions or concerns, please contact OHE at 651-642-0567 or 1-800-6557-3866.


January 24, 2019
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) has received confirmation from campus leadership that students currently enrolled at the Argosy University, Twin Cities, campus have been granted an extended census period effective through Friday, February 1, 2019. Students who withdraw prior to February 1, 2019 are eligible for a full refund of tuition and fees. In addition, all federal, state, private financial aid and personal payments will be refunded in full.

Argosy University, Twin Cities remains eligible for federal and state financial aid and accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission.
As more information becomes available, OHE will update its website at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2142.

If students have questions or concerns, please contact OHE at 651-642-0567 or 1-800-657-3866.


January 18, 2019
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) has received notification that Dream Center Education Holdings, the parent company of Argosy University- Twin Cities, has entered into receivership. Argosy University-Twin Cities enrolls approximately 1000 students in Eagan, Minnesota.

OHE cannot guarantee Argosy University will remain in operation or that students retain access to federal or state financial aid through the conclusion of their program while enrolled at Argosy University.

Should Argosy University announce its closure, OHE will work closely with the US Department of Education, Argosy University leadership, and Argosy University's accreditor, WASC Senior College and University Commission, to reduce disruptions to students.

As more information becomes available, OHE will update its website at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2142.

If students have questions or concerns, please contact OHE at 651-642-0567 or 1-800-657-3866