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Ultrasound and sonogram students in New Jersey are reeling from the sudden closure of MCI Institute of Technology.

The Hoboken campus of the school closed last month without warning to students, who paid substantial tuition to the for-profit trade school.

NJ.com reports that a state agency is currently obtaining information from the school's owner about the circumstances of the closing, and is working to help students.

If you are a former student or faculty member of MCIT who wishes to share concerns about the closing with attorneys at The Googasian Firm who have experience assisting persons harmed by sudden school closings, you may do so by filling out this contact form or by calling 248-502-0869.
 
 
The U.S. Department of Education plans to make it simpler for student borrowers who often are riddled by complicated procedures that often are favored by for-profit loan servicers. 

On April 4, the Department announced plans for a single web portal for borrowers to make repayment on their loans. The site will contain information about students' loans, payments and benefits in one place. 

Consumer advocates have long criticized a federal student loan system that did not include sufficient oversight over the for-profit companies that service the loans and benefit from complexity and bureaucracy that has made it difficult for borrowers to pay and understand their debt.

The new portal will aim to have:
  • Department of Education-branded communication that is standard.
  • A streamlined borrower experience through a single web portal.
  • Better customer service practices.
  • Reduced loan transfers and borrower disruptions that make it difficult for borrowers to keep current.
  • Enhanced oversight and accountability.
  • A single platform for all Federal student loans.


The Education Department is in the planning stages on the new web portal and is inviting comment from borrowers, experts and others on the student loan repayment system.

 
 
The U.S. Department of Education has warned two businesses about the use of its government logos in its website marketing efforts aimed at adults seeking information about college programs and student aid, the Huffington Post reports.

As of April 1, 2016, according to the Huff Post, one of the groups, Abuv Media, Inc., had responded by removing Department of Education logos and marks from its sites -- AffordableCollegesOnline.org and AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org -- and replaced them with a sentence stating, "This site is not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education."

The discontinuation of use of Department of Education logos by the websites came after receipt of a March 24 letter from the government stating that use of the marks "inappropriately imply a relationship between the Department and these websites.

The second company to receive such  a cease-and-desist letter from the government, according to Huffington Post, is MC Business Group, LLC, which operates Loansforgiveness.org.
 
 
Inside Higher Ed reports that the remnants of Corinthian Colleges purchased last year by Zenith Education Group have shrunken further due to additional consolidation.

According to the news organization, Zenith is consolidating eight of the campuses of the Everest and WyoTech campuses that it purchased last year from Corinthian Colleges and is gradually closing two campuses in Florida. 

More than Z00 Zenith employees are losing their jobs and more than 100 positions at Everest Online and student financial support are being eliminated, according to Inside Higher Ed.

After this round of consolidation, Zenith will have 24 Everest campuses and three WyoTech campuses, the news organization reported.

Earlier in March, the Associated Press reported that many problems at Everest and WyoTech were persisting for students after Zenith's purchase in 2015 of parts of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges chain. Zenith disputes the A.P. story.