(WXYZ) — Wayne State University is offering assistance to students affected by the abrupt closure of California-based Argosy University.
Argosy University had more than a dozen campuses in 11 states "and a large community of online students across the country, including those in Michigan."
According to the Associated Press , the university's Chicago campus shut down, leaving students scrambling.
Argosy was forced to close Friday after the U.S. Department of Education recently announced it no longer would provide financial aid to the private university. The Education Department said the private university chain, which operates 16 campuses in 11 states, had improperly withheld millions of dollars in financial aid from students.
In a statement, a court-appointed receiver overseeing the school's finances said Argosy will help students transition to one of the dozens of higher education institutions offering assistance to them.
Wayne State officials say affected students are invited to schedule appointments with financial aid counselors to discuss issues related to financial aid and credit transfers.
If a student wants to apply, Wayne State will waive the application fee. Former Argosy University students can also make an appointment by calling (313) 577-2100.
“We have great empathy for these students,” said Dawn Medley, associate vice president of enrollment management. “Even if Wayne State is not the right fit for them, we want to offer these students support and encourage them to continue with their education.”
Jim Bradshaw, with the U.S. Department of Education, added that those affected by the closure should visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information here . Also, for general information on what to do if your college or university closes, click here .