ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): Congressman Luke Messer is going to battle for former students of the for-profit college ITT Technical Institute.
“We’ve done research as a staff and the law is very clear, if a school closes and you’re a student and you’ve had Pell Grants for that school, the federal government should restore those Pell Grants and allow you to have access to them again.”
Congressman Messer went on to tell WOWO News, the Department of Education has taken a bit of an altered stance on the law.
“The Department of Education has taken a different policy position. To the students at ITT Tech, we’ve now sent them notice that this is the law, and we are going to fight to make sure they comply with the law…which of course will be a very big deal to the students that were stuck after the closure of ITT Tech.”
He says his goal is to make sure the entire Pell Grant is restored to each former ITT Tech student.
“…for some reason this administration seems to try to make (the) ITT Tech closure as painful as possible for the students and that doesn’t make any sense to me. We’re going to push hard to have them follow the law and make sure these students get access to their Pell Grant.”
The for-profit college ceased operations in September after the Department of Education said the company had become a risk to students and taxpayers. The move affects more than 35,000 students and more than 8,000 jobs.
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