Maryland Brightwood Students: 
Over the next few weeks, MHEC will post information here about access to records/transcripts, transfer options for students, and information regarding refunds. Students can sign up to receive email alerts by emailing brightwood.mhec@maryland.gov with the subject line "SUBSCRIBE." Students are encouraged to check the web page regularly for up-to-date information specific to Maryland. Additionally, students can call MHEC directly at 1-800-974-0203 for more information.


Also please note that an open house is scheduled for Maryland Brightwood students at:

Lincoln College of Technology (9325 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, MD 21046)

  • ​Tuesday, December 11, 9am-7pm and 
  • ​Wednesday, December 12, 9am-7pm
 
An open house is also scheduled for Maryland Brightwood students at:


Prince George’s Community College will be holding several Open Houses to assist Brightwood students with information and assistance to transfer all appropriate credits and continue their educational pursuits with PGCC.

 

The Open House dates are:

·         Thursday, December 13th

·         Monday, December 17th

·         Tuesday, December 18th

These will be held on the Largo Campus at 301 Largo Road, Largo, Maryland 20774 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.

 

Students should be directed to Bladen Hall Room 125 (Building #6 on the attached campus map).  Students should be advised to bring their unofficial transcript from Brightwood to aid the discussion.  Staff will be prepared to assist students and discuss options available.  They will also be able to speak with a Student Financial Aid representative and a Career and Academic Advisor.  

 

For more information on the Prince George’s Community College Open House dates and locations, please contact Cathryn  Camp at 301-546-0412. 

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Education Corporation of America, Inc. discontinued all academic operations in Maryland on December 7, 2018, including three locations in Maryland operating as Brightwood College (803 Glen Eagles Court, Towson; 1520 South Caton Avenue, Baltimore; 4600 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville). The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is working closely with students, ECA headquarters in Alabama, and Maryland institutions of higher education to support Maryland students through this transition. MHEC is working to identify processes for students to obtain records, as well as transfer options within the State.

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Options for Brightwood Students

Students affected by the closure of the Brightwood campuses have 3 options:

       1.    Pursue a federal loan discharge and state refund of self-paid or private lender monies paid to the school – see more information below regarding federal loan discharge

       2.    Pursue a transfer opportunity at a state-approved teach-out school – see more information below regarding teach-out and transfer

       3.    Pursue a self-chosen/determined transfer to another school (subject to all transfer policies of the accepting school)

If a student chooses option #2 or option #3 then the student cannot pursue option #1. If a student chooses option #1 the student cannot pursue a teach-out or transfer.


Information Regarding Federal Loan Forgiveness

• You may be eligible to have your federal student loans used to attend Brightwood College discharged and any amounts already paid on those loans reimbursed. Federal regulations provide that students who are actively enrolled in a school that closes, or who withdrew up to 120 days before the school closed, and were not able to complete their program of study can apply for a Closed School Discharge of their Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, or FFEL Loans used to attend the closed school.

•To receive a Closed School Discharge, you must file an application to your loan servicer. You can determine your current loan servicer and check how much you currently owe in federal debt at https://www.nslds.ed.gov. You should contact your loan servicer with questions related to the Closed School Discharge process and to obtain an application.  You can also print this application and submit it to your servicer (see link copied below). You can learn more about the Closed School Discharge at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school.

• Download the Closed School Loan Discharge Form here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/closed-school-loan-discharge-form.pdf

•Completing your program of study through another school can disqualify you from receiving a Closed School Discharge. As such, you should carefully consider your options and personal finances before continuing your studies or applying for a Closed School Discharge. For some people, having their loans discharged will be preferable to continuing their programs of study and being obligated to repay the student loan debt accrued at Brightwood College. Students whose loans are discharged have the option of pursuing a new degree at institutions that are less expensive, such as state schools or community colleges.

Information Regarding Refund through MHEC 

Information regarding the state refunds process will be posted shortly.

Teach-out and Transfer Agreements with Maryland Institutions

Several institutions in Maryland have made a commitment to transfer Brightwood college academic credit into specific academic programs. Students are encouraged to review these agreements. This list is expected to expand over the next few weeks, and students are encouraged to return to the MHEC website for updates.

If a student chooses to pursue a teach-out or transfer opportunity, then the student cannot pursue loan discharge and state refund.  If a student chooses option #1 the student cannot pursue a teach-out or transfer.

Transfer Agreements:

To be posted as they become available

 

Open Houses

Recently, area community colleges held Brightwood student open houses to explain options about credit transfer agreements, credit for prior learning and veteran experience, teach-out agreements and other opportunities for students to reach their educational and career goals.  Below are updated Open Houses available to students.  We will continue to up this space as more opporutnities are sent to MHEC.

 For more information about open houses:

Lincoln College of Technology (9325 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, MD 21046)

  • ​Tuesday, December 11, 9am-7pm and 
  • ​Wednesday, December 12, 9am-7pm

An open house is also scheduled for Maryland Brightwood students at:

Prince George’s Community College will be holding several Open Houses to assist Brightwood students with information and assistance to transfer all appropriate credits and continue their educational pursuits with PGCC.

 

The Open House dates are:

·         Thursday, December 13th

·         Monday, December 17th

·         Tuesday, December 18th

These will be held on the Largo Campus at 301 Largo Road, Largo, Maryland 20774 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.

 

Students should be directed to Bladen Hall Room 125 (Building #6 on the attached campus map).  Students should be advised to bring their unofficial transcript from Brightwood to aid the discussion.  Staff will be prepared to assist students and discuss options available.  They will also be able to speak with a Student Financial Aid representative and a Career and Academic Advisor.  

 

For more information on the Prince George’s Community College Open House dates and locations, please contact Cathryn  Camp at 301-546-0412. ​


Students are also encouraged to visit the U.S. Department of Education website for more information.

Students using VA Education Benefits

Students using VA Education Benefits should contact the Maryland State Approving Agency for details regarding transferring GI Bill® benefits and ensuring program approval for the use of VA Education Benefits. Veterans with specific inquiries may call 1-800-974-0203 or send an email to: vaeducationbenefits.mhec@maryland.gov

Please note:  In order to continue your education using your Title 38 educational benefits, you must be enrolled in a qualified program or educational institution.

Visit the GI Bill® Comparison Tool for assistance in selecting an alternate program or school. You can also find research information regarding school tuition and fees, basic housing allowance rates, graduation statistics, and loan default rates.

You can find a complete list of qualified programs and schools on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairswebsite.

For Further Assistance:
- Visit the 
GI Bill®​ website to access education benefit information.
- All questions regarding eligibility and payment of GI Bill benefits must be directed to USDVA at 1-888-GIBILL1.
- Complaints regarding a specific school or program should be directed to USDVA.​