A Northern Virginia vocational college has abruptly shut down, stranding students and teachers who appeared for classes last week to discover ACT College closed.
The school, with campuses in Arlington, Alexandria, and Manassas, has left hundreds of students looking for answers. Some students were only weeks from graduation.
A United States Department of Education spokesman told The Washington Post that the school's eligibility for federal aid was recently denied "to protect students and taxpayer funds."
The school had operated for nearly three decades announced its sudden demise by posting a letter on the door of its campus and providing limited information on its website.
Some students took out tens of thousands of dollars for programs in subjects such as medical assisting, health sciences, and medical radiography.
The Googasian Firm, a class action law firm based in Michigan, is investigating potential claims belonging to former students. The firm has previously pursued certified class actions on behalf of former students of for-profit schools, including those affected by the sudden closing of ComputerTraining.edu in December 2009 and Clayton College of Natural Health in July 2010. More information about the class actions arising from the closure of these schools is available at www.computertrainingclassaction.com and www.ccnhclassaction.com.
Persons with concerns about the closing of ACT College who wish to speak to The Googasian Firm attorneys investigating the closure may call 1-877-540-8333.