Information for AI Seattle Students

AI Seattle closed Friday March 8, 2019. WSAC partnered with AI Seattle's accreditor and other colleges and universities to provide students with as much information and support as possible for their academic options. 

The Department of Education hosted free interactive webinars to share information and to address questions and concerns from students attending Art Institute campuses. To view a recording of the webinar, click on this link.

Here is a list of programs offered by other WA institutions that are comparable to AI Seattle degree programs.

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Resources for students 

Information fairs

Information fairs were held at The Edgewater Hotel on:

Tuesday March 12, 3 - 6 p.m.
Wednesday  March 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Edgewater Hotel
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

At the information fairs, AI Seattle students were able to meet with admissions representatives from schools and learn about:  

  • Transferring credits. To help AI Seattle students get credit for their coursework, many of these schools have already evaluated AI Seattle courses to determine if and how the courses could transfer
  • Waiving some requirements. To help AI Seattle students graduate as quickly as possible, some schools plan to waive requirements for the number of credits that must be completed at the new school.

31 colleges and universities  participated in the information fairs. Find participating schools in the tabs for each info fair. 

The following schools couldn't attend the info fairs but are providing information about their programs for AI Seattle students: 

Schools at March 12 Info Fair

Schools at March 13 Info Fair

Student loans 

Student loans
Closed school discharge

To discharge your student loans, request an application from your student loan servicerYou can find more information on the U.S Department of Education’s closed school discharge program webpage.

Here is some information about what to consider before you apply for loan discharge. 

For help with the application for closed school discharge, or to report a problem or complaint about your student loan servicer, contact WSAC's Student Loan Advocate at or toll-free at 833-881-0397.

Student loans for the current term

The Department of Education recently announced that it is automatically cancelling all loans made to AI Seattle students for the Winter 2019 term.  According to this fact sheet, you do not need to take any action in order for your Winter 2019 loans to be cancelled.

The Department of Education is hosted free interactive webinars to shares information and to address questions and concerns from students attending Art Institute campuses. To view a recording of the webinar, click on this link.

VA education benefits for the current term

Students receiving education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be eligible for restoration of entitlement. Find information and instructions for requesting restoration of VA Education benefits on this form.



Students may request copies of official transcripts by submitting the Transcript Request Form on this page of AI’s website

International students 

International students

Download a print-friendly handout on info for international students here

Students with an F-1 Visa 

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):

Transfer. Students should have 60 days after March 8, 2019 to transfer to another school. The school must be a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school or program.

SEVIS record. Once the student transfers to a new school, the school’s international student officer (called a Designated School Official or DSO) should request a manual transfer of the student’s SEVIS record. SEVIS stands for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. The DSO can request a manual transfer by contacting the SEVIS Response Center (703-603-3400 or with the student’s SEVIS ID number.

For more information, contact the SEVP Response Center (SRC) at 703-603-3400 or If emailing, include the student’s name, SEVIS ID number, and a detailed question.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) for students and graduates 

Students who were planning to apply for OPT. Students must transfer to a SEVP-certified school or program where they can apply for OPT.

Students with a pending OPT application. Students must leave the US or transfer to a SEVP-certified school or program where they can re-apply for OPT. They must also call US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 800-375-5283 to withdraw their OPT petition.

Students with OPT. Once AI Seattle is completely withdrawn from SEVIS (date unknown), the student’s OPT ends. The student must stop working or will risk working without authorization. Students should have 60 days to leave the US or transfer to a SEVP-certified school or program where they can re-apply for OPT.

International student tuition

Washington’s public colleges and universities may charge different tuition rates, depending on a student’s residency. International students typically pay nonresident tuition and fees. See WSAC’s residency page for more information. Private colleges and universities typically charge the same tuition rate regardless of residency status.


Reimbursement of tuition and fees paid directly to AI Seattle

WSAC intends to seek recovery of tuition and fees students paid directly to AI Seattle for the Winter 2019 term. Please note that recovery of tuition and fees is not guaranteed, may be limited in scope, and may not account for the full amount of tuition and fees paid directly to AI Seattle for the Winter 2019 term.

WSAC stopped accepting claims on September 15, 2019. WSAC staff will make final determinations on claims no later than November 15, 2019.

Fraud Alert

Fraud alert: Be wary of unsolicited offers of help

We have received multiple reports from former students of AI Seattle that they are being contacted by organizations claiming to offer services to help with repayment or discharge of student loans. Please be wary of these offers; if they seem too good to be true they probably are. Here are some helpful tips and resources you can use to figure out if these organizations are legitimate.

  • The U.S. Department of Education has been contacting students by email or mail only. Be wary of phone calls or texts from someone claiming to be with the U.S. Dept. of Education unless you are expecting a call back.
  • Verify “” or other credible email address endings that are associated with government entities before responding to emails.
  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has some helpful webpages that talk about scams and how to identify them: