Dear Stratford Friends,
The Stratford family has been privileged to serve our students for over 45 years.
After all those years of delivering quality education, I must announce with a heavy heart that Stratford will cease operations at the end of this term. A set of unfortunate circumstances have led us to this decision.
What led to this?
On August 19, 2022, the Department of Education decertified ACICS, our institutional accreditor. We were given 18 months to find a replacement. We were well positioned to transfer within the time frame because we had already applied to two other accreditors. We hoped for the best.
On August 25, 2022, the Department communicated the conditions that must be met during the 18 months. We were barred from enrolling new students. We were only authorized to teach those who had already started. In addition, we were required to post a large Letter of Credit.
Sadly, these conditions made it impossible to continue in operation. Without new students, we would not have the sufficient cash flow to operate. We will be forced to close operations at the end of this term at all locations.
We worked hard to save the school, leaving no stone unturned. We almost had an investor from Silicon Valley, but the actions of the Department made the deal impossible.
We have worked diligently to identify accredited schools that can meet your continuing education needs. While no guarantees can be made, these schools indicated to us they would accept your Stratford credits on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to this list for participating institutions.
For additional information regarding your student loans, please refer to the following website:
Closed School Discharge | Federal Student Aid
For official copies of your transcript or diploma, they are available through Parchment.
On behalf of Stratford University, we wish you success in the future.
Dr. Richard R. Shurtz,