YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Senator Sherrod Brown took the Senate floor on Thursday in an attempt to pass what he calls “much needed relief” for veterans affected by the ITT Technical Institute closure earlier this month.
His message to veterans, who he says were exploited by the for-profit college, was that they’re not forgotten and he’s fighting for them.
“[ITT Tech] betrayed these students and our taxpayers,” Brown said.
When ITT Tech closed its doors on September 6, its students across the nation were left without anywhere to turn to further their education.
“We want them to get their credits transferred to Eastern Gateway, or YSU, or wherever and second, we want those students to get their money back and get restitution,” Brown said.
Youngstown State Provost Dr. Martin Abraham says that while credit transfers are a department decision, the university is more than happy to help ITT Tech students who present their credentials.
Currently, students with federal student loans have the opportunity to have their loans forgiven when a school like ITT Tech closes, but run the risk of losing credits they already earned. However, veterans have no way to restore their GI Bill benefits.
Brown wants to make sure veterans get the equivalent of what they lost.
“There are probably about 100 of them in the Valley, veterans, that are eligible and the Republican leader in the Senate floor blocked it, said it cost too much,” he said.
Brown remains hopeful that something will come of this when Congress goes back into session in November.
Republican Senator Rob Portman was not available for comment Thursday night.
Meanwhile, another for-profit college suddenly shut its doors Wednesday. The Regency Beauty Institute closure affects all 79 campuses across the country, including its four Ohio locations in Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Columbus.
The school also listed “lack of funding” as a reason for the abrupt shutdown.