The U.S. Education Department on Thursday announced several new sanctions on ITT Technical Institutes, which experts said could push the large for-profit chain toward bankruptcy and closure. ITT is facing a wide range of federal and state legal challenges, in addition to scrutiny by its national accreditor, which believes the for-profit chain is unlikely to come into compliance with its requirements. Department officials said the “sweeping” sanctions were necessary to protect students and taxpayer dollars.
The new federal sanctions include moving ITT to a tighter form of financial oversight, dubbed heightened cash monitoring; a freeze on new students receiving federal aid; an increase in the amount of a required letter of credit to $247 million; and limits on the compensation of the for-profit’s executives.
“Looking at all of the risk factors, it’s clear that we need increased financial protection and that it simply would not be responsible or in the best interest of students to allow ITT to continue enrolling new students who rely on federal student aid funds,” John King Jr., the U.S. education secretary, said in written statement.
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