School Closure Information for Brightwood College

On December 4, 2018 Brightwood College’s parent company Education Corporation of America (ECA) lost their accreditation from Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) . The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education was notified on December 5 that ECA was going to cease operations at their 11 California campuses. Upon notice of the closure, the bureau’s Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) worked expediently to provide information to affected students and held outreach events for all 11 campuses.

During a school closure, schools are able to provide a teach-out; a way to provide a continuation of academic programming in the face of a school closure. The bureau is working with ECA and interested academic institutions to potentially provide a teach-out for the affected students at Brightwood’s two largest campuses in San Diego and Van Nuys. ACICS has extended ECA’s accreditation through December 31, 2018 in order to allow time for the teach-outs to be approved by the bureau.

The Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) has been informed that Brightwood College will be closing the following campuses:

  • Brightwood College in Bakersfield
  • Brightwood College in Chula Vista
  • Brightwood College in Fresno
  • Brightwood College in Modesto
  • Brightwood College in Palm Springs
  • Brightwood College in Riverside
  • Brightwood College in Sacramento
  • Brightwood College in San Diego
  • Brightwood College in Van Nuys
  • Brightwood College in Vista

In order to assist students, OSAR is currently in the process of scheduling in-person workshops for Brightwood College students. The event information for the student workshops are to be determined and will be posted on the website upon confirmation.

Students are encouraged to monitor OSAR’s website regularly and follow its Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages for up-to-date information on the resources available to students impacted by their school’s closure. Please direct any questions for the Office of Student Assistance and Relief to (888) 370-7589, Option #5 or email us at osar@dca.ca.gov.

Students' Rights

We want you to know that you have rights when your school closes.

  • You Have the Right to Request a Refund From Your School.
  • You Have the Right to Request to Have Your Student Loan(s) Discharged. Contact Your Loan Servicer to Request a Loan Discharge. If You Aren’t Sure Who Your Loan Servicer is, Contact the National Student Loan Data Systems.
  • You Have the Right to Request Reimbursement of Your Tuition From the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. Complete the Student Tuition Recovery Fund Application to Begin the Process.
  • You Have the Right to Transfer to Another School. Transferring Any Credits/Units to Another School May Affect Your Eligibility for a Loan Discharge or Tuition Reimbursements.

Veteran Students

Veteran students are encouraged to visit the GI Bill Web site at www.gibill.va.gov to access the GI Bill Comparison Tool, an easy-to-use online tool that provides information to calculate benefits and research approved programs, tuition/fees, housing allowance, graduation and loan default rates.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) administers the GI Bill, and makes all determinations related to Veteran education benefit eligibility and payments. The USDVA also regulates entitlements paid to Veterans and performs all calculations. All questions regarding eligibility and payment of GI Bill benefits must be directed to the USDVA at 1-888-GIBILL1.

  • USDVA will not pay GI Bill education benefits at an unapproved institution.
  • Only the USDVA can provide assistance or address questions related to GI Bill eligibility or payment.
  • Questions or concerns related to Brightwood College should be directed to school representatives.
  • Visit the USDVA’s GI Bill website at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/to access education benefit information.
  • Visit the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Web site at www.calvet.ca.gov to obtain assistance with other Veteran needs and services.

Students are encouraged to monitor OSAR’s website along with its Twitter and Facebook pages regularly for up-to-date information on the resources available to students following their school’s closure. Please direct any questions for the Office of Student Assistance and Relief to (888) 370-7589, Option #5 or email us at osar@dca.ca.gov.