Many Americans elected for a lighter course load focused on a career. Anthem students unknowingly enrolled into a for profit college that was about to file bankruptcy.
What should former students that were actively enrolled in Anthem Career College during the shut down?
Facing lawsuits and financial losses, Chubb Corporation put the school up for sale in 2004. Eventually it was sold for $1 to a partnership of private equity firm Great Hill Partners and the High-Tech Institute. Chubb Corporation recognizes $33 million loss.
The new owners struggled to rescue the chain at first. Facing a loss of $9 million in 2005, they invested millions and renamed several of the poorer performing schools.
The company changed hands again, coming under the ownership of the Education Training Corporation in Florida.
The group operated 8 brands, including Anthem College, Anthem College – Bryman School, Anthem Career College, Florida Career College, FCC Anthem College, Anthem College Online, Anthem Institute, and Morrison University.
The following statement was released in the Milwaukee area: “Due to an extended period of financial difficulty, Anthem Education has made the difficult but necessary decision to close several of its facilities on August 22, 2014…”
Anthem College and its Institutes closed their doors after filing for bankruptcy in 2014. This decision was made after the school came under investigation by the U.S. Senate.
The closure of the school left many students scrambling to figure out what to do and where to go. Both those attending the school during it’s final days and its graduates have been affected by this decision.
Many graduates are finding themselves stuck with student loan debt for a degree they aren’t able to use. Employers aren’t readily accepting a degree from a school that ceases to exist and this has caused a lot of hardship for many who once attended Anthem.
On top of the student loan debt, students are also finding that a majority of their credits from the school aren’t transferrable to other institutions. This leaves some with very few options and others having to quit school altogether.
The U.S. cited an internal school memo which claims Anthem aimed to enroll students with little support system, those with low self-esteem and disadvantaged individuals. Minnesota attorney General Lori Swanson states, “The school misrepresented many things to them.”
Swanson claims that Anthem’s graduates weren’t qualified to be radiological technologists or even work in hospitals.
“The school offered an x-ray operate degree, but not the normal degree you have to become a x-ray operator in a hospital,” Swanson adds. “Students didn’t know that and thought it was a degree that would lead to gainful employment.”
Anthem filed for bankruptcy so the state is not able to sue them for the restitution however, federal programs are available to those with student loan debt who were affected by the fraud of this school.