US art college network abruptly closes its remaining campuses, shocking students and teachers

Around 1,700 students have been left in the lurch after the Art Institutes, a network of for-profit art and design colleges, announced that its eight remaining campuses across the United States would permanently close by 30 September.

The Art Institutes have been plagued by mounting issues over the past decade, following a nearly $100m settlement with the Justice Department in 2015, a loss of accreditation in 2018 and diminished enrollment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Art Institutes students have few recourses beyond the services offered in the closing announcement.

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