Updated August 24, 2021
This page provide updates and relevant information to students affected by the August 1, 2021 closure of Independence University. This page is intended to publish information that students affected by these events can use to continue in their program and/or apply for loan discharges or restitution. The page will be updated as information is received. Please check back.
US Department of Education information for Independence University students on transfer and closed school loan discharge options, and on obtaining academic records.
US Department of Education FAQs about school closures.
Transfer School information
For information on exploring transfer credit options, select a school below. Information or links are provided for online and IVC programs as well as on-ground programs.
For information about transferring credit, click on Common Questions tab on here. This website provides transfer and articulation information for the public Utah System of Higher Education (USHE); however, most of the information provided is general guidelines around transfer.
Where will IU credits transfer?
(A Note on National Accreditation versus Regional Accreditation)
Accreditation impacts credit transfer. There are two broad categories of accrediting agencies. In general, regional accreditors oversee state-owned or non-profit colleges and universities; national accreditors accredit trade and vocational schools and career programs. Independence University was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC is a national accrediting agency.
General credit transfer rule of thumb:
IU students’ best option is to explore credit transfer to another nationally accredited institution. The best options may be other institutions accredited by ACCSC [https://www.accsc.org/Directory/index.aspx].
What do I have to do to find out if IU credits transfer?
IU students need to provide evidence of what they learned in each class. Institutions generally reviewed credits on a course-by-course basis to determine which will transfer and determine credit equivalency. The more information you can provide about the courses taken, the easier it is for a new institution to evaluate credits for transfer. In addition to a transcript and a catalog course description, course syllabi are important documents for transfer evaluation. Ask if exams, papers, or other project will help a new institution make a credit transfer decision.
Independence University Transcript Service
SMP Transcript Services is the designated repository for Independence University and Stevens-Henager College transcripts. Please visit smptranscriptservices.com to order your transcript. Be prepared to provide the following information:
SMP provides electronic copies of transcripts only. The cost for a transcript is $10. Transcripts sent to .edu or .org email addresses will be password-encrypted. Students may request encryption for transcript is being sent to a .com or other email address.