Career College of California is Closed

Student Payments

Lots of folks have asked about where to make their payments on their CCC Loans - thank you for following up. You can mail a check or money order to:

Career College of California
P.O. Box 1864
Santa Ana, CA 92701

I will update your ledger card and email it to you once I update your accounts. Feel free to call or email if you've sent a payment that you haven't received a receipt for.

Student Records Available Online

Former students can can log in to view and download their student records online using their school gmail address at records.careeercalifornia.edu.

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How to Reset Your Chromebook

All student Chromebooks have been deprovisioned from the school management console. In order to manage the computer on your own, you will need to reset it. Instructions on how to do that can be found here.

Why Did We Close?

After 15 years of helping people in Santa Ana and the surrounding areas begin promising careers, on January 28, 2016 Career College of California closed its doors. Career College of California was a great school with great students and great faculty and staff, where people learned new things, made new friends, treated each other with kindness and respect and every day people succeeded in getting ahead in life. Since 2010 nearly 900 people graduated from Career College of California, over 80% of whom began promising careers in their fields of study. The only thing wrong with our school was that our expenses were greater than our revenues. Sadly we weren't able to figure out a way to fix that and we exhausted our ability to fund the school.

Sometimes it's in the face of tragedy and turmoil that the goodness of a thing can be seen most clearly and that was certainly true on the day we closed. I was so impressed with the way that our staff and faculty hung in there through the announcement that we were closing to be there for students, and touched that many students were as sad as they were about not getting to go to our school anymore. Our school was definitely a special place and I will miss getting to be a part of helping people do good work to help others get ahead in life.

I apologize for the inconvenience and hardship our closure has caused our students and faculty and staff. I would never wish that on anyone, let alone the truly wonderful people that were a part of our school. However, I know that everyone is strong and resourceful and will land on their feet and keep going, probably without even missing a beat and I wish everyone the best as they go forward from here.


Caleb Everett
Chief Executive Officer

What Are Your Options?

Transfer to Another School

If you were in the Medical Assistant or Medical Front Office with Billing & Coding programs, we entered into a transfer agreement with NorthWest College in which they agreed to provide an opportunity for every student in either of these programs to complete their programs with no additional charges. Of course, they will need to evaluate your tranfer credit, but they have been great to our students and agreed to try to maximize the amount of transfer credit awarded for each student. North West College is located right in Santa Ana less than 10 minutes from the CCC campus.

South Coast College entered into a similar agreement with us for students in our Paralegal program. South Coast College is run by the same kind of dedicated, caring and professional people that CCC was and I am confident that they will do their best to help students complete their programs with as little interruption as possible. South Coast is located in Orange, but only 10 minutes away right up Main Street.

Santa Ana College is also a great option. Classes start there on February 8. I have spoken with the Dean of the Business Division who was very interested in helping our students transfer to SAC. Transfer credit would be evaluated by program faculty based on your transcript and syllabi from coursework completed with us. The comparable programs are listed in the table below with links to detailed information on their website and in their catalog. If you are interested in applying for transfer credit at SAC, your first step would be to contact the head of the program you want to transfer into. Here is the list of deparment heads. Faculty in our Accounting, Business Office and Paralegal programs are also available to help you apply for transfer credit, including speaking with SAC faculty on your behalf.

While these schools are great options, there are lots of other schools out there and you can decide to go to whichever one you like best. We've compiled a list of schools in the area with programs similar to ours with contact information and links to more information about their programs.

Discharge Your Student Loans

If you used federal student aid Direct Loans to pay for your program and you were enrolled as of January 28, 2016, or withdrew after October 1, 2015, you may be eligible to discharge 100% of your Direct Loans. If you were on an approved leave of absence as of January 28, 2016, you are considered to have been enrolled.

You are not eligible for discharge of your loans if you withdrew before October 1, 2015, decide to complete a comparable program at another school or you had completed all of the coursework for your program.

Here is a link to the U.S. Department of Education's website that has more information on discharging your loans, but the process is pretty straightforward - you just need to call your loan servicer and they will walk you through it.

Apply to The Student Tuition Recovery Fund

Students enrolled at the time of our closure (or within 60 days of our closure) may be eligible for reimbursement through the State of California's Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF). Students enrolled in our programs who are residents of California who didn't have their entire tuition paid by one or more third-parties are likely eligible for reimbursement from the STRF. You may also apply to the STRF if you decide to transfer to another school and all of your credits don't transfer.

Here is a link to the STRF application.

What Should You Do?

You should only apply to discharge your loans if don't want to complete your program. If you do want to complete your program, then you should transfer the credit you earned in your program at CCC to another school. If you apply to discharge your loans you won't be able to transfer any credit. So if you discharge your loans and then decide to enroll in a similar program at another school, you'll end up having to take the courses you've already taken, which will delay your graduation and you'll have to pay for them.

On the other hand, if it turned out this wasn't the right program for you and you want to try something else, or you don't want to go to school, this is a great opportunity to not have to pay anything back.

My advice is, complete your program! You signed up with us for a reason and don't give up on that because of this. Find another program right away, transfer your credit, get situated in your new school and keep working hard towards your goal of finishing your program and getting a good job.

Student Records

You will need your student records to continue your education and/or apply to have your loans discharged and/or apply to the State of California's Student Tuition Recovery Fund. The key records you need are:

  • Enrollment Agreement
  • Transcript
  • Ledger Card

These documents were provided to students on campus on the 28th. If you weren't on campus that day or if you need any other records from your files, please call or email and I will get you what you need right away.

Caleb Everett
714-243-8614
info@careercalifornia.edu

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

If you have any questions about your rights as a result of our closing, you should contact the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

Guide for Students Facing a School Closure

Mailing Address
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento California, 95833

Phone Numbers
Phone: (916) 431-6959
Toll Free: (888) 370-7589
Main Fax: (916) 263-1897
Licensing Fax: (916) 263-1894
Enforcement/STRF/Closed Schools Fax: (916) 263-1896

Website
www.bppe.ca.gov

EMAIL