Institute of Medical Education - San Jose and Oakland
On February 13, 2012, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (Bureau) initiated an Emergency Decision against the Institute of Medical Education (institution) located at 130 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA 95113 and 7901 Oakport Street, Oakland, CA 94621. The Emergency Decision, having been heard by the Department of Consumer Affairs, becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. on February 16, 2012.
Based on the Emergency Decision, the Bureau is providing the following information to students:
- Transfer Options - We are providing a list of potential schools in the area that may accept your credits earned while attending IME. Please be advised, that it is at the discretion of the potential school as to whether they will accept the credits earned.
- Questions about your Federal Financial Aid - If you have questions about your federal student loan, please contact Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education, (415) 486-5677. Please inform the receptionist that you attended Institute of Medical Education.
- Federal Student Loan discharge - If you are unable to complete your education due to a school closure, and did not accept a teach-out or transfer to another school, you may be eligible for a discharge of your loan. For loan discharge and any other closed school information please visit Federal Student Aid web site (IMPORTANT Please do not submit an application for a closed school loan discharge until March 2, 2012. If you submit the application before an official closure date is established, your application for loan discharge may be denied)
- Private loans - For Non-Federal Loans, contact the holders of your loan to inquire about what relief may be available to you concerning these loans.
- Student Tuition Recovery Fund - Students enrolled at the time of school closure (or within 60 days of the school's closure) may be eligible for reimbursement through the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF). The STRF exists to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution if the student was a California resident (or was enrolled in a residency program.) The student must have prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered loss. Students who have exhausted all other possible ways to recover lost tuition expenses may file a STRF claim application. You may download a STRF claim application by visiting our web site www.bppe.ca.gov/forms_pubs/strf.pdf. If you have questions regarding eligibility you may contact the Bureau's STRF Unit at (888) 370-7589, press 5 when prompted, or email questions to Shane.Schloesser@dca.ca.gov
Be advised that due to the volume of anticipated STRF application, it may take up to 120 days to process your claim.