Information for Students
The Commission licenses private postsecondary institutions that offer training in Nevada to adults with a few exceptions such as cosmetology, truck driving and flight training. Before you enroll in any private postsecondary school, you should find out several things. The Commission protects students of licensed schools with a tuition refund program for student impacted by closure of the school during attendance. Schools can not legally guarantee you a job, if any school does this, please contact the Commission.
Please read the following and remember that you can contact the Commission for assistance or more information.
Brightwood College Closure
Brightwood College announced the permanent closure of the Las Vegas campus effective December 7, 2018. CPE has received transcripts for students and will receive updated transcript for student completing finals for the term ending December 6, 2018 by early next week. Student impacted by the closure can contact CPE for information about transfer opportunities and possible student refunds for out of pocket tuition. Please refer to the Student Refund section for additional information.
Art Institute of Las Vegas
The Commission has received notice from Mark Dottore, the court appointed Receiver for Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), of his decision to rescind the notification of a planned closure for the Art Institute of Las Vegas slated initially for March 31, 2019. This will allow the Receiver time to conduct an independent assessment and analysis concerning the campus.
CPE will post additional information as it becomes available.
ITT Student Indemnification
Student who filed student indemnification claims for the closure of ITT Technical Institute will be contacted via email once the federal bankruptcy settlement has completed. Students were permitted to file individual claims within the bankruptcy proceeding and certain loan debt was also included in this process. CPE can not proceed until the federal process in completed and the agency can submit the surety claim for payment the remaining debt.
CPE will post any updates concerning indemnification on the web page. Students will not be contacted directly until the bond surety is received and a claim is awarded.
Student refunds may be available to student who experienced out of pocket tuition costs for school closures. To be eligible a student must:
- Be in attendance at the time of closure
- Experience out of pocket tuition costs (including third party educational loans)
- Unable to transfer credits to complete the program/degree
- File a claim within 1 year of the closure
- Provide the student enrollment agreement and proof of payments
Student who attended the school 120 prior to the close up to the closure date and utilized federal financial aid must file a claim with the U.S. Department of Education at https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grants-college.html?src=rn
Check to see if the school has a business license (city or county) and if required, a license issued by the Commission on Postsecondary Education. If the school is not licensed by the Commission on Postsecondary Education, the institution should be licensed by another state agency or the federal government (unless the College/University is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education).
Licensure of private schools is mandatory in most states unless the licensing entity has exempted the school. In Nevada, all licensed schools are required to prominently display the schools license which includes the inclusive dates of the license. The license should be current. If you are planning on enrolling in an out-of-state school, contact the Commission as we are in contact with other state licensing agencies and can assist you in determining if the school is legitimately operating.
If your goal is to obtain an associate degree or higher, you should make sure the school you are attending is accredited. Nevada has prohibitions concerning the issuance of degrees if the school is unaccredited. There are several types of accreditation, regional, national and specialized. Many of the specialized accreditation is required for licensure in a specific occupation but does not meet the Nevada definition of accreditation. Nevada regulations mandate that the accrediting body be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can check the US Department of Education web site or contact the Commission for additional information.
Most schools will have a financial aid person who can help you determine the best way to pay for your education and you should check with the school for additional information. There is a state Millennium Scholarship program as well as U.S. Department of Education programs that may be available to assist in paying for your education.
Students enrolled in a licensed private postsecondary educational institution have the right to register a legitimate complaint with CPE.
Prior to filing a complaint, the student must attempt to resolve the issue with school officials according to the policies of the school. If a student is unable to reach a solution, the student can contact CPE and we will attempt to resolve the issue.
If a resolution cannot be reached or the student is no longer in attendance, the student can complete a formal complaint form. Formal complaints are investigated by staff with a decision by the Administrator. If either party does not agree with that decision, an appeal to the full Commission may be requested within 10 days of the Administrator decision.
Students must provide CPE with a copy of the student enrollment agreement, receipt of monies paid, all support documentation related to the allegation and a written statement. Failure to provide support documentation can impact the length of time to complete an investigation or impact the final outcome. CPE will not communicate with a student concerning the investigation until the investigation is concluded unless the agency requires additional information from the student.
Investigations may take several months to complete based the complexity of issues, staff resources and documentation review.