SACRAMENTO– The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) moved quickly after Bryman College filed bankruptcy with a chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney and closed their four campuses in California. CalVet withdrew approval for using Federal GI Bill education benefits at all Bryman College campuses in California. CalVet’s actions immediately prevent Bryman College from receiving GI Bill benefits and stops further Veteran enrollments.
“When the education of any of our California Veterans is derailed by a school’s inability to fulfill its legal obligations, then CalVet becomes concerned and takes aggressive action, just as we have done today.” said Keith Boylan, CalVet Deputy Secretary Veterans Services. “CalVet works hard to ensure our Veterans receive the quality education and training they earned based on their honorable military service.”
The California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE), a unit of the CalVet, immediately withdrew Bryman College’s approval based on its Chapter 11 filing on July 18, 2014, with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The filing listed up to $10,000,000 in estimated liabilities, and no more than $50,000 in assets. The Bankruptcy Court documents demonstrate the institution is unable to fully comply with its Federally-regulated mandate to have sufficient teaching facilities and funding to operate.
Bryman College’s bankruptcy and closure means their students will not attend any future classes. Bryman’s actions mean Veteran students who want to complete their educations should consider applying at another institution. Bryman’s actions caused Veteran students to lose their housing stipend, effective July 31, 2014.
A preliminary review identified less than 20 California Veterans using Federal GI Bill benefits who are enrolled in Bryman Colleges. CalVet notified the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs about Bryman Colleges today. CalVet is working to identify and contact all of our Veterans impacted by the Bryman College bankruptcy and closings so our Veterans have accurate information about the situation and their education alternatives.