For Immediate Release - September 20, 2013

Division of Professional Licensure Encourages Former Students of the Massachusetts Career Development Institute to Participate in Refund Claims Process

Eligible students can file refund claims through September 23rd

BOSTON – The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) has established a claims process to assist former students of the Massachusetts Career Development Institute (MCDI) with reimbursements from the school's surety bond.

"The Division of Professional Licensure has been working diligently to gather all the necessary information needed to expeditiously process these claims," said Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Barbara Anthony. "We hope that through this process, eligible affected students will be made whole."

MCDI, a non-profit occupational school based in Springfield, MA, provided vocational training in a number of professional fields, including culinary art, precision manufacturing, sheet metal welding, healthcare, and allied health. In February, MCDI announced that it was beginning to cut back its programs, citing state and Federal funding cuts and lack of demand for their programs due to the availability of similar programs in the Springfield area. No students were enrolled when MCDI officially closed on July 18, 2013.

"We have been in communication with school administrators to ensure that MCDI's closing was orderly," said Division Director Mark R. Kmetz. "This claims process is intended to catch any students who may have slipped through the cracks and who had not completed their program before the school closed. If there are any students with claims against MCDI, we encourage them to come forward at this time."

Those who may be eligible to submit a claim include:

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

Students wishing to file a claim are encouraged to consult the MCDI school closure bulletin available on DPL's website, www.mass.gov/dpl/schools, to check whether they are eligible. After determining their eligibility, students should 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 MCDI.

All claims must be received BEFORE 5:00 PM EST, on Monday, September 23, 2013. DPL will evaluate the claims and notify eligible students about the determination of their claim.

DPL is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for more than 370,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.

DPL also licenses private occupational schools operating in Massachusetts. Oversight responsibilities for private occupational schools were transferred to the agency from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2012. Currently, there are 165 occupational schools licensed to operate at 245 locations in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/dpl/schools. Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.