Institutional Closure

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In light of recent inquiries and closures in Massachusetts at a small number of for-profit and independent, non-profit institutions of higher education, the Department of Higher Education has developed a protocol to help support institutions to meet the challenges of closing and/or merging, such that students are protected and enabled to complete their education via a teach-out plan or through transfer to another institution.

Massachusetts law requires closing institutions to notify the Board of Higher Education of its’ intention to close as far as possible and well in advance by contacting the Department of Higher Education. The following Notice of Closure Guidelines must be adhered to by the closing institutions: