By KHALANI GARAY
On the morning of September 6, 2016, thousands of students awoke to an email explaining how they would not be able to attend classes anymore. After many years of investigation, ITT Educational Services, the institutes parent company, announced all 130 campuses in 38 states would be shut down immediately. The institute’s closure comes after the U.S. Education Department’s decision to ban ITT from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. It also affects nearly 35,000 students and around 8,000 employees. Because of this closure, many will never receive a diploma. Leon Wiggins II, a student at ITT Tech, was just closing in on his degree when he got the news. He explained that the school said they would allow attending students to finish. “Two quarters ago there were rumors about the school having problems, but they told us that anyone who was already a student would be allowed to finish,” he explained. “Am I angry?” he said. “I’m like angry times 10 million.” For the students who left the school in the last 120 days, they will be eligible to have their loans forgiven if they decide to attend another school. As for the students who were currently attending ITT, it is uncertain whether they will be able to have their loans forgiven if they were considering going to another college. It is also uncertain whether or not they will be able to pick up where they left off at a new college. Community colleges surrounding the institute are highly encouraged to be flexible with credit transfers as well as student transfers in these harsh times.