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Monday, January 9, 2017

Charlotte Law School To Reopen Jan. 17, Despite Feds' Decision To Cut Off Student Loans

Charlotte Logo (2016)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  National Law Journal, Troubled Charlotte Law School Will Open for Spring Semester:

The embattled Charlotte School of Law will remain open — for now. Administrators informed students in an email Friday evening that the school will hold classes this spring semester despite the U.S. Department of Education's decision in December to withhold access to federal student loans.

The Education Department in an announcement on Dec. 19 cited accreditation shortfalls and deceptive statements about bar passage rates at the North Carolina law school as the reasons for discontinuing access to federal loan money. Since then, Charlotte's more than 700 students have been in limbo, with little idea whether they could attend classes this semester or how they will fund the remainder of their legal education.

The question of loan financing for students remains unanswered. ... The spring semester for current students will start on Jan. 17, according to their email. But the school has elected not to enroll any new students for the spring semester.

Charlotte students have complained publicly that the law school has kept them in the dark about its plans in light of losing access to federal loans, which are the lifeblood of higher education tuition funding. Tuition at the school is $44,284 annually, which is the second-highest of North Carolina's seven law school, behind only Duke Law School.

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