Information Pertaining to the Closure of Globe University

Globe University (Globe) officially discontinued operations at its Wisconsin campuses on December 31, 2016 following a decision by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to end Globe's participation in the federal student aid programs. Administration of those campuses has been transferred for purposes of a teach-out to Broadview University, a Utah-based partner institution that will allow students to complete their programs.

An announcement and a press release regarding the USDOE action are available on its website.

Information for Students Enrolled at the Time of Closure OR who Withdrew on or after September 2, 2016

A Fact Sheet prepared by the USDOE on the closure of Globe contains information regarding transcripts, loan discharge, transfer of credits, federal financial aid, and loan processors.

Wisconsin students who were enrolled at the time of closure or who withdrew not more than 120 days prior to the closure (on or after September 2, 2016) have five options regarding their education:

  1. Option 1 - Participate in the teach-out whereby students would complete their program of study at Broadview University (at current Globe locations). Under the teach-out students would continue to receive federal financial aid. Students needed to be registered for the teach-out prior to the closure;

  2. Option 2 - Transfer Globe credits to a similar program at another institution, (and likely have to complete additional credits to graduate);

  3. Option 3 - Transfer Globe credits to, and complete a different program of study at another institution (and likely have to complete more additional credits to graduate);

  4. Option 4 - Enroll at a different institution without transferring any Globe credits; or

  5. Option 5 - Discontinue their education.

Important Note: These options have implications for the ability of students to discharge federal loans and to receive assistance with tuition paid with private loans or out-of-pocket resources.

Students with Federal Loans

To qualify for a discharge of federal student loans, students:

  • must be enrolled at Globe at the time of closure or in the preceding 120 days;
  • must not have completed their program at Globe;
  • must not have transferred Globe credits to a comparable program of study at a different institution; and,
  • must not have participated in a teach-out of their program with Globe or another institution.

Options 1 and 2 (from the previous section) negate the student’s ability to discharge federal loans. Students who have chosen either option 1 or 2 would not be eligible for a loan discharge because under federal rules, they would be considered to be completing a comparable/similar educational program at another school:

  • through a teach-out agreement with the school,
  • by transferring academic credits or hours earned at the closed school to another school,
  • or by any other comparable means.

The USDOE has provided additional guidance on what constitutes a comparable program.

Options 3, 4 and 5 (from the previous section) are consistent with a student’s ability to discharge federal loans (provided other criteria are met, and students are enrolled at the time of closure or in the preceding 120 days).

With regard to Option 3, students who transfer credits to pursue a completely different program are eligible to apply for a loan discharge provided they are enrolled at Globe at the time of, or within 120 days of the closure, the loan servicer determines the completely program is different, and the student finishes the new program at the new institution.

With regard to Option 4, students who enroll at a different institution without transferring any Globe credits are eligible to apply for a loan discharge provided they were enrolled at Globe at the time of, or within 120 days of the closure.

With regard to Option 5, students who do not continue their education are eligible to apply for a loan discharge provided they were enrolled at Globe at the time of, or within 120 days of the closure.

Globe students interested in transferring credits should contact other institutions to discuss their options.

Students with Private Student Loans or Out-of-pocket Tuition Payments

Students enrolled at the time of, or within 120 days of the closure who used private (non-federal) loans to help cover the cost of their tuition, or who made out-of-pocket tuition payments, may be able to receive a refund through the EAB, if those loans were used to cover the cost of tuition to attend Globe.

Students who had a private student loan that was used to pay tuition or made out-of-pocket tuition payments will need to substantiate such payments and provide the EAB with relevant paperwork, including a completed IRS Form W-9. Requests for reimbursement must include a receipt of payment, evidence of that the funds were used for payment of Globe tuition (not other education-related expenses), and an original completed and signed W-9 form. Requests must be mailed to the address at the bottom of this page. No facsimiles or e-mails will be accepted.

Students requesting reimbursement of a private student loan payments (used to pay tuition) or out-of-pocket tuition payments should contact the EAB. They will need to substantiate such payments and provide the EAB with the following:

  • name, address, email address, and phone number;
  • an original, completed and signed IRS Form W-9;
  • receipt of payment from the school demonstrating funds were used for payment of tuition (not other education-related expenses);
  • relevant bank statements and/or cancelled checks; and,
  • a summary layout of all out-of-pocket or private loan payments with a total amount noted.

All information comprising the request for reimbursement must be mailed or dropped off in hard copy form to the address at the bottom of this page. No facsimiles or e-mails will be accepted.

Information for Former Globe Students who Completed a Program or who Withdrew more than 120 Days Prior to Closure

Borrower Defense to Repayment

Students who completed a program or who withdrew more than 120 days prior to the closure of Globe are not eligible for discharge of their federal loans under conventional USDOE processes and procedures. Students who believe they were defrauded by their school or that their school violated state law may be eligible for loan discharge. The law requires borrowers to submit a claim in order to receive debt relief. Details on the Act and the process for submitting a claim are laid out on the federal government’s student aid website.

As the website notes, students making claims need to include details about the conduct of the school that the borrower believes violated state law including, but not limited to the following:

  • The state and applicable law or cause of action (if available);
  • Specific acts (including failures to act) of alleged misconduct by the school;
  • How the alleged misconduct affected the borrower’s decision to attend the school and take out a loan to pay to attend the school;
  • The injury suffered by the borrower as a result of the school’s alleged misconduct; and,
  • Any other supporting information that would help the U.S. Department of Education review the borrower’s claim.

Some students work with an attorney to file a claim, but this is not a requirement. Students considering filing a claim may wish to call the federal government’s borrower defense hotline at (855) 279-6207. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern time to access student loan information and to discuss one’s situation and whether one may qualify for forgiveness of student debt. Questions about borrower defense may also be e-mailed to FSA Operations.

1098-T Tax Forms

The 1098-T tax forms used to substantiate tuition paid when filing 2016 taxes will likely be mailed out (to the most recent address on file with Globe) directly by the accounting firm that is working with Globe beginning in early 2017.