Facts about Coleman's Closure:

It is indeed unfortunate that the media has published misinformation that it is hurtful to students, employees, and thousands of alumni. In the last 24 hours, much misinformation has been spread about Coleman University. We would like to inform you the facts.

Misinformation: Coleman University closed because of loss of accreditation.
Fact: Coleman has been continuously accredited by ACICS from 1967 to the present. It is never lost its accreditation. In addition, Coleman was seeking WSCUC accreditation and was a candidate for initial accreditation. In July 2018, WSCUC denied initial accreditation. This had no impact on our ACICS accreditation which will continue until closure.
Misinformation: Coleman’s students do not have any options.
Fact: While it is true Coleman students have lost their best option which would have been to continue their education at Coleman, they have other options such as:
  • Transfer credits to an institution with a similar program
  • Apply for Loan Forgiveness
  • Apply for VA benefit restoration program
  • Apply for Student Tuition Recovery Fund

Coleman is doing the following to help its students pursue these options:

  • Identify institutions with similar programs who can accept Coleman credit
  • Hold informational meeting to help students of their options
  • Host an out-reach team from the Office of Student Assistance and Relief at a two-day information/counseling event to inform students about their options
  • Arrange a Transfer Credit Fair hosting representative from schools who may take Coleman credits and meet with students
Misinformation: Degrees granted by Coleman University are invalid or worthless.
Fact: Coleman University closed for financial not academic reasons. For 50 years, Coleman has provided a fine technical education to thousands of students who have graduated and gone to great careers. Every Coleman graduate can be Justifiably proud of his/her degree.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About University Closure

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(Information is Subject to Change, Please Check Our Webpage for Updates)

1. As a currently enrolled student, what are my options after the closure?

  • Transfer credits to an institution with a similar program
  • Apply for Loan Forgiveness
  • Apply for VA benefit restoration program
  • Apply for Student Tuition Recovery Fund

2. If I am a current student (enrolled for the May 2018 term) how do I request my transcripts? Can I pick them up on campus?


3. If I am an alumnus, or not enrolled in the current term, how do I request a copy of my transcripts?

  • Download the request form here: Transcript Request Form
  • Send email with completed request form to frontdesk@coleman.edu with the subject line: Completed Transcript Request Form
  • Pay the $15 fee to the front desk in person (through August 4th , 2018) or over the phone at (858) 499-0202 through August 15th, 2018.
  • Transcript requests will take up to two weeks to process and mail out, so we ask that you account for any time constraints when submitting your request.
  • TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS MUST BE EMAILED TO THE FRONT DESK (frontdesk@coleman.edu) BEFORE AUGUST 15TH, 2018. Please continue to check this webpage for more information as we update our students and alumni on how they can order their transcripts after the August 15th closure date.

4. Is my degree still valid once the school is closed?

  • Yes. Coleman University closed for financial, not academic, reasons. For 50 years, Coleman has provided a fine technical education to thousands of students who have graduated and gone to great careers. Every Coleman student and graduate can be justifiably proud of his/her education and degree.

5. How do I apply for a diploma replacement?

  • Email the Registrar at registrar@coleman.edu for the request form
  • Send email with completed form attached to frontdesk@coleman.edu with the subject line: Completed Diploma Request Form.
  • Pay the $25 fee to the front desk in person (through August 4th, 2018) or over the phone at (858) 499-0202 through August 15th, 2018.

6. Where can I find information about transferring my credits and get help with the transfer process once the school is closed?

  • Coleman University will be hosting a TRANSFER FAIR on AUGUST 2, 2018 in HOPPER HALL from 10:00 AM – 7:00PM. All undergraduate and graduate level students are welcome to attend and learn more about their transfer options. Bring a copy of your transcripts (unofficial is ok) to the fair in order to work with an admissions representative. Students are also welcome to visit these schools on their own time if they cannot attend the fair. Coleman University has worked with these schools to try and find the best solutions for our students.
  • The Department of Education and OSAR have resources on their websites to help students transition and transfer to another institution.

7. What do I need to do if I was supposed to graduate at the end of this term?

  • You are still eligible to graduate, so please fill out the Graduation Application and submit it via email BY AUGUST 10TH, 2018 to the Registrar’s office (registrar@coleman.edu ) with the subject line: Graduation Application 2018.
  • Graduation applications will take up to two weeks to process and mail out. Please confirm your mailing address on the application.

8. Can I still access my email and Webclass account after August 5th?

  • No. We recommend logging into your email, and Webclass account, as soon as possible in order to save or forward any important information and documents.

9. What will happen to my Microsoft imagine/Dreamworks portal?

  • You will no longer be able to access your portal after August 5th 2018. You can still log into your portal at this link and you will be able to download all of the software and licenses to your own device. Check your Coleman University email account for credentials to access your portal. If you do not have your email password you can stop by the Computer Services Department on campus or call us at (858) 499-0202 through August 15th 2018.

10. What happens to my application fees for the August term?

  • All application fees for the August term start will be refunded within two weeks after the August 5th 2018 closure date.

11. Will students and alumni still be eligible for career assistance?

  • Unfortunately, after the August 5th 2018 closure date the university will no longer be able to provide career assistance and services for students or alumni.

12. What resources are available to students and alumni who need career assistance?

  • Grossmont Community College Career Center: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - (619) 644 – 7543
  • Workforce Partnership San Diego - - www.workforce.org - Please visit www.workforce.org/job-seekers for information on services available to job seekers in San Diego County, offered at no cost to all residing in San Diego County regardless of income or background. To find a career center near you visit: www.workforce.org/career-centers.
  • Jewish Family Services - www.jfssd.org - Jewish Family Services offers career counseling workshops; please visit their website for class schedules.
  • UCSD Extension: SERVICES OFFERED FOR A FEE - UCSD Extension offers career counseling services for a fee: https://extension.ucsd.edu/student-resources/career-resources

Important Message from Coleman University President about your Rights and Options

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Your Rights and Options Regarding Coleman University Closure

On July 30, 2018, Coleman University hosted an outreach team on from the California Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR), who conducted morning and afternoon information sessions at which students were informed of their rights and options under the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 (Act), Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 6 (relating to the Student Tuition Recovery Fund) and information concerning Title IV programs and institutional closures. The OSAR team provided students with the BPPE Closed School Guide, OSAR Brochure, and other materials.

We hope you had a chance to attend one of these meetings. Whether you did or did not attend, the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education and OSAR stand ready to assist or continue to assist you in understanding and exploring your options regarding the closure of Coleman University. Coleman also will assist you in any way we can.

On Thursday August 2, 2018 Coleman will host a transfer credit fair from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., where students can meet with representatives of schools that have similar programs into which Coleman students can transfer.

Please see the important information below about your rights and options regarding Coleman University closure.


Norbert J. KUBILUS, CCP MBCS | President & CEO COLEMAN UNIVERSITY | 8888 Balboa Avenue | San Diego CA 92123 President@Coleman.edu

Student 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 Coleman University 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.

Below is important contact information:

Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR)
Phone: (888) 370-7589, Option #5
Fax: (916) 574-8615
Email: osar@dca.ca.gov
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

OSAR School Closure Information for Coleman University
http://osar.bppe.ca.gov/closures/coleman_university.shtml Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
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, CA 95833

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

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education website: bppe.ca.gov
Office of Student Assistance and Relief website: http://osar.bppe.ca.gov/
General Email: bppe@dca.ca.gov
Transcript Request Email: bppe.transcripts@dca.ca.gov
Enforcement Email: bppe.enforcement@dca.ca.gov
Licensing Email: bppe.licensing@dca.ca.gov
Student Tuition Recovery Fund Email: strf@dca.ca.gov
Annual Report Email: bppe.annualreport@dca.ca.gov
Annual Fee Email: bppe.annualfee@dca.ca.gov
Closed Schools Email: bppe.closedschools@dca.ca.gov

U.S. Department of Education Closed School Page
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