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Private Career Schools

The Workforce Board licenses and regulates around 325 private career schools doing business in the state of Washington. The agency also investigates student complaints and administers a fund that reimburses students affected by a school closure.

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Looking for a School?
Before you choose a private career school, check to be sure it's licensed with the state. View our current list of licensed schools.

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Contact our Consumer Protection Unit for more information, 360-709-4600.



School Notices Changing--NEW!

Attention Private Vocational Schools that have been licensed for ten years or less!
As you know, the Washington Administrative Code that regulates private vocational schools was recently revised. There are several changes to the regulations and we encourage you to become familiar with them, but we want you to be particularly aware of a change to your scheduled renewal and Tuition Recovery Trust Fund (TRTF) payment deadlines.

Over the next year, we will align your TRTF due dates with your license renewal due date. This means that both TRTF payments will be due at the same time as your license renewal application.  You will receive one notification per year rather than three per year.  We believe that this will make it much easier for you because you'll only have one deadline to remember.  It will make it much easier for us because: 1) we'll only need to notify you once instead of three times a year; 2) the amount of record-keeping and staff time will be substantially reduced; and 3) we will need to handle far fewer late fees.

As we roll out this process, we are bound to make mistakes; we apologize in advance. Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.  If one lump sum payment is a hardship for you, please contact us; we will make different arrangements. 

U.S. Education Department Announces Debt Relief for Everest Students
The U.S. Department of Education announced that students who were defrauded at Corinthian Colleges campuses, operating under its Everest and WyoTech brands, in states including Washington, have a clear path to loan forgiveness. Read more about this announcement and how to apply for debt relief.

Everest Campuses Closing

The Everest College Bremerton, Seattle, Renton, and Vancouver campuses are closing. Zenith Education Group announced that students at these campuses will have the opportunity to attend other campuses, including Everest College Everett and Tacoma, as well as the Everest Institute Tigard campus in Oregon. Students will be able to complete their training at these consolidated campuses. Approximately 300 students are affected, according to Zenith, which acquired the campuses earlier this year from the now defunct Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

Students have two options:

Option 1: Students can transfer to one of the open schools to continue their training (depending on their program and schedule).

Option 2: Students can withdraw from school and receive a refund for all tuition and other fees they paid.

Seven-day deadline to decide: Students have seven days after they meet one-on-one with Everest Campus staff to decide between these two options.

Individual advising meetings. Everest staff are meeting one-on-one with students to discuss options. There is a possibility that students will receive subsidized transportation to help complete their training. More questions? Call Everest's Student Hotline below.


Student hotline for Everest closures

Is your campus closing? Call for more info: 1-800-874-0255


Get more info from Everest about these four campuses:





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