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3/7/2013 - Swift Bipartisan Legislative Action Allows Students Displaced by School Closures to Get Certificates

2/19/2013 Update – Bridgeport Information Session to be Held March 8

The third Information Session conducted by the Office of Higher Education for former Butler/Sawyer School students will be held on Friday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.  The session will be held at the Events Center Beacon Hall 214.  Click here for parking information; please note you will not need a parking pass on the day of the event, the garage attendants will be aware of this event.

This session is for all students displaced by the sudden school closures, especially those enrolled in the former Butler Business School in Bridgeport.  A similar session scheduled for February 8 was cancelled due to the blizzard.

Remember to bring a photo ID and report to the Security Station. Staff from the Office of Higher Education will be available to greet students, help with sign-in, and provide guidance to appropriate resources.

2/13/2013 Update - Information Regarding IRS Form 1098-T

As you are aware, both Butler Business School in Bridgeport and the Sawyer Schools in Hamden and Hartford abruptly shut down on December 30, 2012.  Many former students of both schools have contacted our Office regarding receipt of IRS form 1098-T for 2012 tax filing purposes.  The 1098-T reports student tuition or educational expenses.  This information can be used in conjunction with the IRS “American Opportunity Credit.”

 

An IRS representative has informed us that our Office is not able to generate these forms due to IRS regulations.  Therefore, you will not receive a 1098-T for the 2012 calendar year.  However, the IRS instructed us to notify you that you have two options available to you when you file your 2012 federal income tax return.

 

First, it is recommended that you file a paper federal tax return for 2012 and include proof of all tuition payments you made, out of pocket in 2012, to your account at the school you attended.  For example, if you paid by personal check you should include copies of the cancelled checks as proof of tuition payments.  If you paid by cash, you should include copies of the receipts you received from the school for such payments.  In addition, you must include a copy of this notice with your tax form as this notice provides official proof from our Office that your school closed.

 

Second, if you e-file your federal tax return and claim a credit under the “American Opportunity Credit,” the IRS will reject the claim because they will not have reported 1098-T information for you.  As a result, you will have to follow-up with the IRS and provide the paper copies of payments, as stated in the first example above, in order for your tax filing to be processed.

 

Because tax filing and tax laws are complicated, we highly recommend that you consult a tax expert or the IRS regarding this unique situation.  You can contact the IRS by calling the main IRS help line at 1-800-829-1040, or by going to www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-My-Local-Office-in-Connecticut.  You also can contact 2-1-1 to learn about free assistance in filing your returns from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

2/7/2013 Update Due to the pending storm, the Friday, Feb. 8 Information Session at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport for Butler Business and Sawyer School students has been cancelledCheck your email and this webpage for future updates, or call 800/842-0229.

2/6/2013 Update – Due to the Pending Storm and Possible Cancellation of the Friday, Feb. 8 Information Session in Bridgeport, Butler Business School Students Urged to Attend Thursday Information Session in New Haven

Due to the storm forecast for Friday (Feb. 8), Butler Business and Sawyer School former students who had planned to attend Friday's session at Housatonic Community College are strongly urged to attend tomorrow’s Information Session (Feb. 7) at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Room N100.  Park in the Temple Street Garage and bring your parking ticket with you into the building for validation.

The Information Session scheduled for Friday at Housatonic Community College may be cancelled as the potential storm may force closure of the facility and cause agency and school representatives to curtail travel.  Please monitor your email and www.ctohe.org for further updates.

1/30/2013 Update – Room Locations for Information Sessions

Final plans are in place for Information Sessions for former Butler/Sawyer School students.

 

Each session will be held from 10:00 am. - 5:00 pm. at these locations:

  • Monday, Feb. 4 – 61 Woodland Street, Room B39, Hartford.  Park in the back of the building.

  • Thursday, Feb. 7 – Gateway Community College, Room N100, New Haven.  Park in the Temple Street Garage and bring your parking ticket with you into the building for validation.

  • Friday, Feb. 8 – Housatonic Community College, Events Center Beacon Hall 214, Bridgeport, click here for parking information; please note you will not need a parking pass on the day of the event, the garage attendants will be aware of this event.

You will need to bring a photo ID and report to the Security Station at each location. Click on the links for directions and parking information. Staff from the Office of Higher Education will be available to greet students, help with sign-in, and provide guidance to appropriate resources.

1/25/2013 Update – Save the Date for Information Sessions

The Office of Higher Education will conduct 3 information sessions for students impacted by the Butler/Sawyer School closures:

 

Monday, Feb. 4 – 61 Woodland Street, Hartford

Thursday, Feb. 7 – Gateway Community College, New Haven

Friday, Feb. 8 – Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport

 

State and federal education officials, transfer school representatives, other career schools and colleges will be available to respond to your questions about:

  • Student Transcripts

  • Transfer & Other Training Options

  • Completing Externships

  • Obtaining Medical Assisting Certification

  • GED Information

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Loan Forgiveness/Financial Aid

Tentative hours are 10:00 am. – 6:00 pm.  Check your email and www.ctohe.org for updates next week on exact times and room locations.  Be sure to bring your photo ID and, if you have one, your federal PIN number.  To help us better meet your needs, please email edinfo@ctohe.org or call 800-842-0229 in advance to let us know which session you plan to attend, and what questions you have.

1/11/2013 Update

  • Former Butler/Sawyer School students may obtain a copy of their student transcript by completing this form and mailing a signed copy to the Transcript Release Officer, Office of Higher Education, 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT  06105-2326.  You may complete this form online, and then print and sign a copy before sending it to the Office of Higher Education.  Faxed or emailed copies cannot be accepted as an original signature is required.
     

  • The Office of Higher Education is the legal custodian of all student records.  The license and accreditation of the former Butler Business and Sawyers Schools have been revoked.  As a result, no entity or person is able to re-open these schools.  Both former Butler/Sawyer students and employees should beware of anyone making claims to the contrary.
     

  • The Office of Higher Education has provided copies of Butler/Sawyer School curricula with schools which have volunteered to help former Butler/Sawyer School students continue their studies. Schools must compare the Butler/Sawyer School curricula with their own, make adjustments where needed and obtain appropriate approvals from federal and accrediting authorities before enrolling students.  We are asking all schools to complete curricula comparisons by 1/18/2013 so that we may then hold information/transfer sessions for Butler/Sawyer School students in Hartford, Bridgeport and Hamden.  Students should monitor their email and www.ctohe.org for updates.
     

  • Former Butler/Sawyer students should very carefully weigh the following options and financial implications as they consider continuing their studies:

  1. Teach out – Students may elect to complete their studies and externships through possible “teach out” arrangements created by schools which have volunteered to help former Butler/Sawyer School students.  In this option, students will continue to be responsible for paying any federal loans they have obtained previously while attending Butler/Sawyer Schools.

  2. Transfer – Students may elect to transfer their previous earned coursework to another school pending the school’s review of their transcript.  Under this option, students would have to re-apply for financial aid through the new school in which they are enrolling. Transfer students may have to obtain additional loans or aid to complete their studies.

  3. RestartStudents who have a significant amount of federal loans, and who do not choose a “teach out” or transfer option, may have their federal loans forgiven due to the sudden closure of these schools.  Students who enrolled recently at Butler and Sawyer Schools, and are responsible for repaying large amounts of federal loans, may want to give this option serious consideration.

More information on these options, financial aid and other developments will be available via student emails and at www.ctohe.org as soon as available.  Plans for student information/transfer sessions in Bridgeport, Hartford, and Hamden are underway and will be scheduled as soon as schools and the Office of Higher Education have more complete and accurate information to share with students.

 

1/4/2013 Update

 

Connecticut  students impacted by the closure of the Butler Business and Sawyer Schools have important options to consider as they make plans to complete their educations.  Student are urged to read ALL of the following information carefully.

  • The Office of Higher Education is working with former Butler and Sawyer School officials to secure all student records. Connecticut General Statutes require that the Office of Higher Education serve as the legal custodian of such records.  At this time, we cannot give students a specific date for when copies of transcripts will be available; however, we are making every effort to have records available as soon as possible. To learn when copies of transcripts will be available, please monitor this website and emails sent by the Office of Higher Education to students who have registered on our website.

  • Schools, colleges and other training providers in the Bridgeport, Hamden and Hartford regions are working with the Office of Higher Education to make arrangements for impacted Sawyer and Butler Business School students to complete their studies.  This is known as a “teach out” option; more information on participating schools and programs will be made available as soon as possible on this webpage and in emails sent by the Office of Higher Education to registered students.

  • Federal law provides that students impacted by school closures may be eligible to have their federal loans forgiven.  Only those students who elect NOT to participate in the “teach out” arrangement  described above may pursue this option.  For more information on this option, please visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation#closed-school. The most current discharge application is available here.  For guidance, contact the Education & Employment Information Center at 1/800-842-0229 or edinfo@ctohe.org.

  • Impacted students who did not participate in federal student aid programs, but who have taken out personal loans to pay for studies at these schools, may be eligible for tuition reimbursement from the Connecticut Student Protection Fund. More information on this option will be made available  as soon as possible on this website and in emails sent by the Office of Higher Education to registered students.

  • Veterans and dependents of veterans impacted by the school closures should call the VA helpline
    (1-888-GIBILL-1), or use the “Ask a Question” feature on the
    www.GIBILL.va.gov website, to ensure their current enrollment for GI Bill educational benefits has been terminated with an effective date of December 30,2012. To enter into a program at a different facility, please contact the School Certifying Official (SCO) and have VA-Form 22-1995, Request For Change of Program or Place of Training, completed and submitted to the VA Regional Processing Office in Buffalo, NY. For SCO contact information at facilities approved by the Connecticut State Approving Agency, please call 860-947-1816.

  • Please check this webpage and emails frequently for updates.  Students need only register their contact information once with the Office of Higher Education.  To register, please go here.

61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT  06105-2326, Phone:  860-947-1800

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