The New York State Education Department’s Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS) has determined that Branford Hall, formerly located at 1100 North Broadway, Amityville, New York, has ceased its licensed operation and closed on October 28, 2020. Several options are available to students as the result of this closure.
Tuition Reimbursement Option
Students enrolled at Branford Hall who have been unable to complete their program due to the school’s cessation of operation and closure are entitled to a full refund of all paid tuition costs through New York State’s Tuition Reimbursement Account (TRA). To initiate a refund, students must complete the BPSS Complaint Form, or send an e-mail request to BPSS@nysed.gov.
Students may also be able to continue their training at a licensed school of their choosing by utilizing a copy of their academic progress report to transfer to another school. BPSS should be able to issue students an academic progress report if they do not already have one.
However, if students transfer to another school, the new school will assess their school records to determine how much credit or advanced standing to give them for their Branford Hall training. Additionally, the transfer school may assess additional tuition fees and will create a new enrollment agreement contract for the transferring student to sign.
It is also important to keep in mind that if a student decides to transfer to another school, the student may not be entitled to a TRA refund, as the student opted to continue his or her training.
BPSS is currently working with other licensed career schools in the area to determine whether they offer comparable programs for which Branford Hall students can continue their training at no additional cost. This is what is referred to as a Teach-Out option. Under a Teach-Out, a licensed career school will fulfill the terms of the student’s original enrollment agreement signed with Branford Hall. Students would only be responsible for the balance of tuition they have not yet paid to Branford Hall.
Students who have questions or need further assistance may contact Richard Cohen, Supervising Investigator with BPSS, by e-mail at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org.