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Mass. AG: Investigation Underway over American Career Institute

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BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) – The state’s attorney general is urging students of a now-defunct career school to take steps to protect themselves.

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office says that there is an active, ongoing investigation into the sudden closure of American Career Institute.

The school closed Wednesday after a letter on the front door indicated that it was forced to close after it faced a “recent and unanticipated inability to access additional credit from the school’s lenders.”

“Our office is working to protect students who find themselves in this circumstance with seemingly no advance warning,” Coakley says in a statement.

STUDENTS

  • Students that have been affected by ACI’s closure are advised to call Coakley’s Public Inquiry and Assistance Center at (617) 727-8400 for further information and assistance. This phone line will be staffed Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
  • Students who feel they have been financially harmed by the closure should file a complaint online.
  • Coakley’s office is also urging students to cancel any automatic payments to ACI and save any and all related paperwork and documents.


EMPLOYEES

  • Employees of ACI who have been impacted by the closure and believe their rights might have been violated should call Coakley’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 or file a wage complaint online.

The Mass. Department of Professional Licensure has also issued a bulletin for students on what they should do and how to proceed with payments to ACI (i.e. student loans, credit card, check).

The department does say that students should not accept any “teach-out” agreements until those plans are determined.  They hope to have more information for students on or before January 25.