U.S. Ed­u­ca­tion Dept. help­ing stu­dents from closed school

The Day - - REGION -

U.S. Rep. Joe Court­ney, D-2nd District, says that the U.S. Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is of­fer­ing to help stu­dents who at­tended Ri­d­ley-Low­ell Busi­ness & Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute, which closed April 4 with­out no­tice.

The depart­ment’s web­site is pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on such top­ics as ob­tain­ing of­fi­cial tran­scripts, op­tions for dis­charg­ing stu­dent loans and con­tact­ing stu­dent loan ser­vicers. The depart­ment also will hold an on­line we­bi­nar to pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion to stu­dents and an­swer ques­tions at 2 p.m. Mon­day, April 23.

Court­ney, a mem­ber of the House Ed­u­ca­tion and the Work­force Com­mit­tee, wrote to Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion Betsy DeVos to re­quest the depart­ment take ac­tion in the wake of the Ri­d­ley-Low­ell clos­ing.

The school, which had a lo­ca­tion at the cor­ner of Bank and Howard streets in New Lon­don, also op­er­ated in Dan­bury and in New York and Rhode Is­land. About 150 stu­dents were en­rolled at the Con­necti­cut lo­ca­tions.

“Many of Ri­d­ley-Low­ell’s stu­dents used fed­eral stu­dent loans and grants to pay tu­ition and it is im­per­a­tive that we get them the re­sources they need to make good choices on what to do next,” Court­ney said in a state­ment. “I am glad that the (Ed­u­ca­tion) Depart­ment is mov­ing quickly to ex­er­cise its statu­tory au­thor­ity to pro­tect both tax­pay­ers and the stu­dents who put their faith in this school’s prom­ise of a cer­tifi­cate that would pro­vide gain­ful em­ploy­ment.”

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion web­site is at https://stu­den­taid.ed.gov/ sa/sites/de­fault/files/ri­d­ley-low­ell-ct. pdf.

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