Timeline of Events
Al and Florence Collins founded Al Collins Graphic Design School in 1978.
In 1982, the school became accredited by the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools (NATTS).
In 1987 the Arizona State Board for Private Post-secondary Education and NATTS granted the school the approval to offer an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Graphic Design
The issues with Collins College were a major contributing factor to the Department of Education’s 2005 decision to prohibit its parent company, Career Education Corporation from expanding.
On December 3, 2012 Collins College closed down student applications and initiated a teach-out closing policy.
Starting with a small evening program, in the early 1980s day classes were later added and larger facilities were obtained.
In 1985 the school moved to a larger campus in Tempe due to continued growth in its student population. The following year, a Computer Graphics program was added.
The United States Department of Education conducted a 2003 Program Review of Collins College and found several serious problems with the school’s administration of federal financial aid programs.
Between 2008 and 2009 the school dropped many degree programs and classes. In 2009 most of the campus classes were moved from Tempe to Phoenix.
In cases of for-profit school closures: There are several Obama student loan forgiveness programs available that you may qualify for.
If you attended Collins College, regardless of when you attended, you may qualify for partial or even full loan forgiveness.
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