Schreiner University of Kerrville, Texas, is the first school in Texas to reach an agreement to accept all class credits for students wishing to transfer from the Art Institute of America (AIA), which is closing its campuses in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston.
According to reporting from my mysanantonio.com, hundreds of students once enrolled with the Art Institute are now scrambling to find out where and how they are going to complete their degrees as the private university abruptly announced its shutdown in October.
“We believe this is an opportunity for institutions such as Schreiner University to offer transfer-friendly options such as linking to available financial aid, scholarships, easy access to advisors, and generous transfer credit articulation,” said Wilbert Lleses, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment. “Support such as that will help AIA students who transfer to graduate on time.”
According to Lleses, Schreiner University approached this situation with “a heart to help” the estimated 670 students who are being affected.
“After AIA announced their closing, we knew that Schreiner would be a good fit for many of their students affected by the closure.” Lleses said. “We will provide an easy path for their students to transfer credits they have already earned, and secondly we can help them finish their degree affordably”
The university stepped up by offering a pre-award $16,000 scholarship for all AIA transfer students that ends up attending Schreiner University. Application fees and essay requirements also will be waived.
According to Dr. Charlie McCormick, President, Schreiner University is committed to providing an academic pathway for these and all transfer students.
“Schreiner is delighted to invite the Art Institute students to Enter with Hope and complete their educational aspirations in a seamless and efficient manner,” McCormick said. “We know that many higher education institutions are facing difficult days; we intend to be the most welcoming of places for their students to finish their degrees.”
Any student affected by the AIA closure is encouraged to contact Admissions at Schreiner University by visiting schreiner.edu/admissions, emailing email@example.com, or calling 830-792-7217.