Information for AI Seattle Students

AI Seattle will close Friday March 8, 2019. WSAC is partnering 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. 

WSAC held information fairs at The Edgewater Hotel on Tuesday March 12 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Wednesday March 13 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Check back for more information about the schools participating in each info fair. We are updating this page regularly. 

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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. 
  • Teach-Out. To help AI Seattle students who want to finish their current program, some schools are attempting to develop teach-out programs.
  • Closed school loan discharge. WSAC will also provide information about the U.S Department of Education’s closed school discharge program.

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

Teach-out, Transfer

Teach-out and Transfer

Teach-Out. A teach-out would allow you to finish your remaining AI Seattle degree requirements at another school. If you participate in a teach-out, it’s likely that your degree would still come from AI Seattle. This option may not be available for all AI Seattle degree programs. 

Transfer. This option would allow you to transfer some or all of your AI Seattle credits to schools that accept them. If you transfer, your degree would come from the school you transfer to.

Decision point for students: Student loan discharge or academic credit? Under the closed school discharge program, you can apply to have ED discharge the full amount of your student loans for AI Seattle. But there is an important trade-off you need to consider. If you have your loans discharged, you cannot transfer your AI Seattle credits to a comparable program at another school or participate in a teach-out.

Factors to consider when making this decision:

  • How many credits have you received at AI Seattle?
  • How many of your credits would transfer to another school?
  • What is your current student loan debt?
  • What is the additional time and expense required to finish your program at another school (transfer) or in a teach-out?

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) will partner with other schools and organizations to provide resources that help you make an informed decision. Find more information about closed school discharge in the student loans tab.

Student loans 

Student loans
Closed school discharge

To discharge your student loans, request an application from your student loan servicer

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 loanadvocate@wsac.wa.gov or toll-free at 833-881-0397.

Student loans for the current term

The U.S. Department of Education has stated it will discharge all federal student loans for this term. This includes a discharge of tuition and fee payments as well as the loan stipends that you haven’t received. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education will be available at the information fairs to answer questions.

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.

Transcripts

Student who were enrolled in the Winter 2019 term can get a free official copy of their academic transcript at the information fairs on March 12 and 13. 

Students who were not enrolled in the Winter 2019 term may order transcripts based on instructions provided on the school's website.

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 SEVP@ice.dhs.gov) with the student’s SEVIS ID number.

For more information, contact the SEVP Response Center (SRC) at 703-603-3400 or sevp@ice.dhs.gov. 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.