Tag: BPPE

Considering For-Profit College? Look Out For These Red Flags

In March, Argosy University became the latest chain of for-profit colleges to announce a sudden and unexpected closure after the United States Department of Education ended their ability to access federally-backed student loan funding, known as Title IV funds. In response, the California Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) has begun the process of…

Victims Of Closed Schools May Find Debt Relief For Unforgiven Student Loans

Many students from California closed schools such as Corinthian College, Heald College and ITT Technical Institute have only received partial forgiveness of their student loans, but a Department of Consumer Affairs agency can help. The Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) works with students to help them access refunds available from the Student Tuition…

Three Cosmetology Schools Ordered To Stop Enrolling New Students In California

The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), following a joint enforcement effort with DCA’s Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC), has issued three emergency decisions ordering three cosmetology schools to cease enrolling new students. The affected schools are Queenston College of America in Los Angeles, John Ridgel’s Academy of…

A New Office to Support Students

Visualize an organization within DCA whose core purpose is to help students of private postsecondary schools during some of the most trying times of their educational journey. As of July 6, that visualization came into sharp focus as the newly formed Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) rolled out its multitude of services. Established…

Considering a Private College? Do Your Homework

When choosing a postsecondary school, basic factors such as location, areas of study, and cost are all important to consider. However, in light of last week’s nationwide shutdown of ITT Technical Institute schools, as well as the high-profile collapse of Corinthian Colleges in 2014, other crucial factors should be considered before making a commitment. If…

Effective July: CA New Laws 2016

Governor Brown signed 807 new State laws for 2016. Many laws—including the increase in the minimum wage from $9 to $10 per hour, the mandate that 50 percent of the State’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030, and the prohibition of the sale of e-cigarettes to minors—went into effect on January 1. Some laws, however,…

DCA Complaint Resolution Program Comes to an End

After processing more than 201,395 complaints and recovering $32.4 million for consumers, DCA’s Complaint Resolution Program (CRP) will close its doors on June 30, 2016. Established in 1994 and originally called the Complaint Mediation Division, CRP was created to consolidate and streamline consumer complaint processing. CRP staff review complaints and act as a neutral third…