For Immediate Release - December 05, 2013

Division of Professional Licensure Encourages Former Old Colony Trade and Technical School Students to Participate in Refund Claims Process

Eligible students can file refund claims through December 2nd

BOSTON – The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) has established a claims process to assist former students of the Old Colony Trade and Technical School, Inc. with reimbursements from the school's $30,000 surety bond.

“Licensed occupational schools like Old Colony are required to post a surety bond to reimburse students if the school closes and students don’t receive the training they paid for,” said Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Undersecretary Barbara Anthony. “If there are any students with claims against Old Colony, we encourage them to come forward at this time.” 

Old Colony, a for-profit private career trade school based in Brockton provided professional training for plumbing apprentices, oil burner technicians, and air conditioning technicians. The school also provided training for students seeking to become licensed plumbers, at either the journeyman or master levels. The school closed in June 2013 due to financial difficulties.

Before Old Colony closed, it had been the subject of student complaints regarding the quality of instruction in its plumbing education classes. Following an investigation into allegations that the school was improperly combining students of varying experience levels in its plumbing education classes, the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters withdrew its approval of the school’s plumbing curriculum and no longer recognized credits earned from Old Colony’s plumbing programs towards licensure. Following this decision in April 2012, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education withdrew its approval for the school to teach plumbing education classes.

Those who may be eligible to submit a claim include:

  • Students who did not complete their coursework or program of study through Old Colony;
  • Students who were denied a discharge of their federal or private student loan(s); and
  • Students who paid for products or materials from Old Colony (books, equipment, etc.), but did not receive them.

Students wishing to file a claim are encouraged to consult the Old Colony school closure bulletin available on DPL’s website, www.mass.gov/dpl/schools, to check whether they are eligible. After determining their eligibility, students may download the claim form from the website or contact DPL by phone at 617-727-5811 to request a claim form. Priority will be given to claims for tuition refunds, followed by claims for reimbursement of other costs paid to Old Colony.

All claims must be received BEFORE 5:00 pm EST on Monday, December 2, 2013. DPL will then evaluate the claims and notify eligible students about the determination of their claim.

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