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South Seattle College offers two quarters of tuition for former Art Institute students

Mar 27, 2019

South Seattle College is offering to cover two quarters of tuition for former students from the Art Institute of Seattle, which closed abruptly earlier this month.

South Seattle joins City University and Seattle Pacific University in offering financial assistance to former Art Institute students.

"When we see folks not be able to finish out what they've been working so hard at, we want to come together to support them," said Nick Albritton, outreach and recruitment specialist at South Seattle College.

Eligible students can take classes at South Seattle while their traditional financial aid applications are pending.

"Having such a sudden closure like this, a lot of students wind up not being able to get covered quick enough to start classes for spring quarter," Albritton said.

Once the application is complete, the college is offering to cover whatever isn't covered by other scholarships and grants for spring and summer quarters. South Seattle's spring quarter begins April 1.

A few dozen former Art Institute students have inquired about programs throughout the Seattle College system, Albritton said. It can be difficult to match up credits and programs, so some students may choose to take advantage of the offer to start over.

City University is offering a 25 percent tuition scholarship for students transferring from the Art Institute. Seattle Pacific University is offering scholarships of $3,000 to help those students finish their degrees. SPU's spring quarter has already begun, but students starting in the fall also can take advantage of the scholarship.

The Art Institute closed March 8 after the school's owner, Dream Center Education Holdings, ran into financial trouble. In late February, the U.S. Department of Education pulled Title IV funding for Argosy University, another DCEH school, which rippled throughout the organization.