What are teach-out plans and teach-out agreements?
The Commission required AUPR to complete and submit for approval a comprehensive, implementable teach-out plan with signed teach-out agreements.
A teach-out plan is a written plan developed by the institution that provides for the equitable treatment of students to complete their education. The purpose of the teach-out plan is to make reasonable accommodations and assist students with completing educational programs or credentials or transferring to a new institution. The Commission requires a teach-out plan and teach-out agreements when an institution risks the loss of accreditation or intends to close. Teach-out agreements are specific agreements made by the institution with appropriate teach-out partner institutions. The purpose of the teach-out agreement is to make accommodations for and assist students as much as possible and provide clear and transparent information regarding those arrangements. They are intended to facilitate students’ transition to another institution so they can graduate in a program of their choosing. These agreements are to be negotiated between American University of Puerto Rico and other institutions with similar programs of study.
The Commission is currently reviewing teach-out agreements with the following institutions:
Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Can students transfer to another institution?
The institution has announced its closure as of December 31, 2023. Current students can transfer at any time and to any institution, including those without a teach-out agreement. Students are entitled to receive clear, accurate, and thorough information from AUPR about their options to pursue other educational opportunities.
Students cannot be charged additional fees for exercising the option to transfer.
Where can students transfer?
Students can apply for transfer to any institution that meets their needs and where they may qualify for admission. Transfer opportunities are not limited to those institutions that have teach-out agreements with AUPR. Students can transfer at any time and to any institution.
What other things should students consider when transferring?
Students should look for an institution that is in good standing with accreditors. Students should always research the accreditation status of the institution they are considering for transfer. MSCHE posts accreditation status for its member institutions in the Institution Directory on our website.
Individual programs may also be accredited by a programmatic accreditor. Students are encouraged to contact both the institutional and programmatic accreditors of institutions and programs to verify the accreditation status of the institution they are considering.
Visit the MSCHE Student Resources page for additional information.
Can AUPR charge students additional fees if they withdraw or transfer?
No, AUPR cannot charge students additional fees for withdrawing or transferring.
Will all students receive a copy of their transcripts?
AUPR has reported that students can obtain transcripts between May and July 31, 2023, by visiting the University or using the University portal at www.aupr.edu. From August 1 to December 31, 2023, transcripts will only be available through the portal at www.aupr.edu.
On January 1, 2024, all academic records will be moved to the Records Administration Office of the Department of State of Puerto Rico. Any student who needs a transcript at that time will need to contact the Records Administration Office of the Department of State of Puerto Rico for a paper.
Students will be able to obtain transcripts through the Records Administration Office of the Department of State of Puerto Rico by visiting https://www.estado.pr.gov/instituciones-educativas or calling the Royal Administration Building at (787) 722-2121 or (787) 722-2122, Ext. 3801.
Commission policy and procedure require the institution to provide a copy of transcripts to all current students. AUPR cannot withhold student transcripts.
What does the closure mean for students who expect to graduate by the closure date?
AUPR has announced that it will hold graduation in July 2023, as planned. Students who are within 15 credits of completing their respective programs of study are eligible to graduate in 2023, but need to contact AUPR for additional information regarding completing their programs.
Where can students find more information on AUPR’s website?
Students can locate additional information at https://aupr.edu/mensaje-de-cierre-para-estudiantes-activos/.
The American University of Puerto Rico has announced that a two-day university fair will be held at the Bayamón Campus and at the Manatí University Center in the morning until 12:00 p.m. on May 31 and June 1, 2023, to support current students’ efforts to transfer and provide information on financial aid, services, and student activities. It is recommended that students attend both days to view presentations from all universities in attendance. Free transportation will be provided.
Participating institutions include the following:
Ana G. Méndez University
Central University of Bayamón
ICPR Junior College
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
Pontifical Catholic University
San Juan University College
UPR – Bayamón Campus
UPR – Arecibo Campus
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
In addition, orientations for night students will be held online on May 30 through June 1, 2023. The links will be sent directly to students.
Additional resources for students include:
United States Department of Education
Department of State of Puerto Rico – Records Administration Office
787-722-2121 or 787-722-2122, Ext. 3801
Office of Federal Student Aid
The above link can provide assistance if your college or career school closed while you were enrolled, or soon after you withdrew.
If your school misled you or engaged in other misconduct in violation of certain state laws, you may be eligible for “borrower defense to loan repayment,” sometimes shortened to “borrower defense.” This is the discharge of some or all of your federal student loan debt. Visit the link above for more information.