can sign up to receive email alerts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line "SUBSCRIBE." Students are encouraged to check the web
page regularly for up-to-date information specific to Maryland. Additionally,
students can call MHEC directly at 410-767-3300 or toll-free at 1-800-974-0203 for more information.
Corporation of America, Inc. discontinued all academic operations in Maryland
on December 7, 2018, including three locations in Maryland operating as
Brightwood College (803 Glen Eagles Court, Towson; 1520 South Caton Avenue,
Baltimore; 4600 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville). The Maryland Higher Education
Commission (MHEC) is working closely with students, ECA headquarters in
Alabama, and Maryland institutions of higher education to support Maryland
students through this transition. MHEC is working to identify processes for
students to obtain records, as well as transfer options within the State.
Options for Brightwood Students
by the closure of the Brightwood campuses have 3 options:
1. Pursue a federal loan discharge
and state refund of self-paid or private lender monies paid to the school – see
more information below regarding federal loan discharge
2. Pursue a transfer opportunity at
a state-approved teach-out school – see more information below regarding
teach-out and transfer
3. Pursue a self-chosen/determined
transfer to another school (subject to all transfer policies of the accepting
a student chooses option #2 or option #3 then the student cannot pursue option
#1. If a student chooses option #1 the student cannot pursue a teach-out or
Information Regarding Federal Loan Forgiveness
may be eligible to have your federal student loans used to attend Brightwood
College discharged and any amounts already paid on those loans reimbursed.
Federal regulations provide that students who are actively enrolled in a school
that closes, or who withdrew up to 120 days before the school closed, and were
not able to complete their program of study can apply for a Closed School
Discharge of their Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, or FFEL Loans
used to attend the closed school.
receive a Closed School Discharge, you must file an application to your loan
servicer. You can determine your current loan servicer and check how much you
currently owe in federal debt at https://www.nslds.ed.gov. You should contact
your loan servicer with questions related to the Closed School Discharge
process and to obtain an application. You can also print this application
and submit it to your servicer (see link copied below). You can learn more
about the Closed School Discharge at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school.
the Closed School Loan Discharge Form here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/closed-school-loan-discharge-form.pdf
your program of study through another school can disqualify you from receiving
a Closed School Discharge. As such, you should carefully consider your options
and personal finances before continuing your studies or applying for a Closed
School Discharge. For some people, having their loans discharged will be
preferable to continuing their programs of study and being obligated to repay
the student loan debt accrued at Brightwood College. Students whose loans are
discharged have the option of pursuing a new degree at institutions that are
less expensive, such as state schools or community colleges.
Information Regarding Refund through MHEC
- First Report of Claim Form for State-Issued Refunds: If you are not interested in transferring your Brightwood credits to a new institution, you may be eligible for a state-issued refund for any cash payments you made to Brightwood and any private loans used to fund your Brightwood education (this does not include any federal loans). If you are interested in pursuing this option, please complete the First Report of Claim form.
Teach-out and Transfer Agreements with Maryland Institutions
Teach-out agreements: Baltimore City Community College and Prince George's Community College have both signed teach-out agreements. This is in addition to the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Cecil College, and York Technical Institute. This means they have made a commitment to transfer Brightwood credit so that you may continue your academic program. We expect more teach-out agreements to be signed and will alert you immediately when they are available for your review. A teach-out agreement provides transparency and equity for all students impacted by a school closure.
a student chooses to pursue a teach-out or transfer opportunity, then the
student cannot pursue loan discharge and state refund. If a student
chooses option #1 the student cannot pursue a teach-out or transfer.
will be posted here as they become finalized.
Katie York, Program Specialist, email@example.com, (443) 674-1550
- Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC):
- Medical and
Diane Marie Drake, Director of Admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org, (443) 840-4392
- Computer Systems
Specialist, Electrical Technology, Medical Billing and Coding, and HVAC
Dave Woffington, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Phone number: 717-757-1100
Email address: email@example.com
are also encouraged to visit the U.S. Department of Education website for more information.
December 19, 2018, the US Department of Education is offering a series
of webinars to help Brightwood students.
webinar schedule can be found at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/education-corporation-america-webinars.pdf.
Meanwhile, AACC welcomes former Brightwood College
students in response to the closing of Brightwood College, Anne Arundel
Community College has established dedicated resources for students who wish to
has set up the following starting points: A detailed webpage at
www.aacc.edu/brightwood , A dedicated hotline number – 410-777-7488, and an
email address – AACC4BRIGHTWOOD@aacc.edu
offers several programs that relate to Brightwood College offerings, including:
Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant (CNA/GNA)
Students using VA Education Benefits
using VA Education Benefits should contact the Maryland State Approving Agency
for details regarding transferring GI Bill® benefits and ensuring program
approval for the use of VA Education Benefits. Veterans with specific inquiries
may call 410-767-3301 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans may also call the Department of Veterans Affairs at
Please note: In order to continue your education using your Title
38 educational benefits, you must be enrolled in a qualified program or
Visit the GI Bill® Comparison Tool for
assistance in selecting an alternate program or school. You can also find
research information regarding school tuition and fees, basic housing allowance
rates, graduation statistics, and loan default rates.
can find a complete list of qualified programs and schools on the U.S. Department of Veterans
For Further Assistance:
- Visit the GI Bill® website
to access education benefit information.
- All questions regarding eligibility and payment of GI Bill benefits must be
directed to USDVA at 1-888-GIBILL1.
- Complaints regarding a specific school or program should be directed to USDVA.
addition to pursuing a teach-out, students may also choose to pursue an apprenticeship
program. Brightwood students enrolled in skilled trades occupational
training for the electrical or HVAC industry may benefit from registered
apprenticeship sponsors with immediate hiring needs. These apprenticeship
opportunities couple paid on-the-job training with related instruction. Classes
begin as soon as January, and could grant credit for instruction received at
Brightwood. To begin searching Maryland’s apprenticeship programs and
sponsors, visit the Maryland Apprenticeship Locator: http://www.dllr.maryland.gov/employment/appr/.
Students interested in learning more should contact the Maryland Apprenticeship
and Training Program at email@example.com.
students are also encouraged to utilize other state resources, such as EARN
Maryland. EARN provides funding for free training in a variety of
industries, including cybersecurity, information technology, healthcare, and
construction. The program operates statewide and has a number of different
training programs that students may enroll in. For more information on EARN,
including a list of current program partnerships, visit https://www.dllr.state.md.us/earn/.
American Job Centers are conveniently located throughout the State and
are dedicated to serving businesses and job seekers. American Job Centers
provide a full range of assistance to job seekers and businesses (free of
charge). Job seeker services include career exploration assistance, referrals
to training programs, placement services, résumé preparation assistance, and
workshops to enhance job seeking skills and work readiness. Applicants have
access to computers with Internet access, printers, photocopiers, fax machines,
telephones, and a variety of job search resource materials. To find a Center
near you, visit http://www.dllr.state.md.us/county/.
may also access job search and self-service options utilizing the Maryland
Workforce Exchange. Instantly view any job posted to the web directly
on your mobile phone or tablet. Simply search for “MWEJOBS” in Apple iTunes or
Google Play app store or visit https://mwejobs.maryland.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx.