Vatterott College Closure
Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. is the parent company of Vatterott College and L'Ecole Culinaire. Vatterott College operated seven locations in Missouri: Berkeley, Joplin, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Charles, St. Louis (Extreme Institute), and Sunset Hills. L'Ecole Culinaire operated in two locations in Missouri: Kansas City and St. Louis.
Vatterott notified the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) on December 17, 2018, the school was closing its campuses effective immediately.
Vatterott Educational Centers provided this letter regarding the immediate closure to enrolled students. Vatterott will continue to employ a small administrative unit for a short time to manage the website, answer calls and emails, work on transfer arrangements, and provide transcripts.
Several area schools have reached out to offer assistance to students displaced by the closure of Vatterott College and L'Ecole Culinaire. Students are encouraged to explore their options for continuing their education. We will update this list as information becomes available.
Academy of Pet Careers (St. Louis area) - (636) 489-5356*
American Trade School (St. Louis area) - (314) 423-1900
Bell Brown Medical Institute (St. Louis area) - (314) 778-3003*
Bryan University (Springfield) - (417) 862-5700
Crowder College (Joplin area) - (417) 455-5709
East Central College (St. Louis area) - (636) 584-6500
Grantham University (Kansas City) - (866) 850-2986
Jefferson College (St. Louis area) - (636) 481-3209, extension 3209
Kansas City, KS Community College - (913) 334-1100
Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City) - (816) 604-1000
National American University (Kansas City) - (855) 448-2318
North Central Missouri College - (660) 359-3948
Ozarks Technical Community College (Springfield) - (417) 447-6900
Pinnacle Career Institute (Kansas City area) - (800) 676-7912
Ranken Technical College - (866) 472-6536
St. Charles Community College - (636) 922-8000
St. Louis College of Health Careers - (866) 529-2070
St. Louis Community College - (314) 984-7586
State Fair Community College - (877) 311-7322
The Tallgrass School (Kansas City) - (816) 663-4520*
Webster University - (314) 246-7800
Wichita Technical Institute - Joplin - (417) 206-9115
The Missouri Community College Association has created a website to assist students in finding appropriate transfer options with a local community college.
*Indicates an unaccredited institution certified to operate by the MDHE.
Vatterott is mailing hard copies of student transcripts to all Vatterott College and L'Ecole Culinaire students who were actively enrolled as of December 17, 2018.
The MDHE cannot grant federal student loan discharges. Calls requesting loan discharge will be referred to the US Department of Education and to the student's loan servicer.
Please click here to learn more about discharging your federal student loans. Contact the US Department of Education and/or your federal loan servicer for additional information on this process. The MDHE created a cheat sheet for the closed school federal loan discharge process. Please contact your loan servicer for the most up-to-date information.
We strongly urge students and parents NOT to pay for any services like loan forgiveness or loan discharge that the Department of Education provides for free. Please visit http://blog.ed.gov/2016/01/dont-be-fooled-you-never-have-to-pay-for-student-loan-help/ for more information. For additional information on student financial aid and other options available, please also see information provided by the U.S. Department of Education available by clicking here.
For information on GI Bill benefits, please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 or visit the GI Bill website. If the link does not give adequate information, please call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) for assistance.
Schools certified to operate in Missouri are required to maintain a security deposit. The deposit is to provide at least partial restitution to students if adequate provisions are not made by the school upon closure. As Vatterott College and L'Ecole Culinaire campuses did not have approved teach out plans in place prior to closure, the schools may be required to forfeit the security deposit.
Cash / self-pay students who were enrolled in a Missouri campus of Vatterott College or L'Ecole Culinaire as of the date of closure, or students who were on an authorized Leave of Absence from one of those campuses (must have documented approval for LOA), may be eligible for reimbursement of a portion of the tuition and fees paid.
For students who received federal student aid, the department cannot reimburse you for any federal loans or for grants you received, such as the Pell grant or GI Bill. Please contact the USDE and your loan servicer for information.
The MDHE is currently documenting the extent of the loss suffered by students as a result of the school closure. To that end, the MDHE requests students who were enrolled as of December 17, 2018, to locate copies of your enrollment agreement as well as copies of any receipts or cancelled checks for payments made to the school. Submit copies to:
Missouri Department of Higher Education
Proprietary School Certification
PO Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469