The abrupt closing of ITT Technical Institute campuses nationwide has many students transferring their credits to other schools, but what happens to the students whose credits don't transfer?
One local student is in that exact position. Not only do his credits not transfer to any local universities, but Adam Newman, a veteran who spent eight years in the military, says he doesn't have enough time left on his GI Bill to start over and earn a full degree and was five credits away from graduating.
“I started at ITT before I was even out of the military," Newman explained.
However his studies came to an abrupt halt this week.
“On Wednesday morning at 4 o'clock in the morning I received an email from ITT Tech saying 'Sorry we will not be having September quarter we are closing everywhere,'" Newman said.
Due to government sanctions ITT announced all of its campuses were closing immediately. For Newman, however, the hits didn't end there.
“Later in the day I got a letter from the VA saying you have no more benefits because you are not currently enrolled in school because there is no school that you are attending," he said.
To continue receiving full benefits from his GI Bill, including money for housing his family, Newman needed to get enrolled in another university fast.
“I am enrolling in SCC right now and they are working with me because enrollment is closed for fall quarter for everybody else. ITT Tech students they are kind of just making it work," he said.
Unfortunately there's another more catch. None of his credits transfer to Spokane Community College or any other school in the area.
“Everybody is saying you have two options get your loans repaid or transfer your credits. Well what about the third option where I don't have that option, I don't have either of those options," Newman said.
So for now, after more than a year and a half working towards a drafting and design degree Newman is starting over.
“I was five classes away from my degree at ITT Tech," he said.
But the struggle doesn't end there. Newman's GI Bill will run out before he's done with school.
“I have 18 months left of my GI Bill, not enough to get a two-year degree though," he said, which means right now, he isn't even sure what he's working towards.
“My dream of a degree is basically over. ITT Tech took that away from me."
There are thousands of veterans across the country dealing with this same situation and lawmakers in Houston are pushing for legislation to help veterans affected by the closure and to prevent this from happening to other veterans in the future.