LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Colleges are trying to help former ITT Tech students after the school's abrupt closure.

Indiana-based ITT Tech shut down Sept. 6 after facing sanctions from the U.S. Department of Education.

Jasmine Hamilton is left scratching her head after ITT Tech closed, telling her less than a week before the fall semester.

"I can't get my money back, so I'm kind of here just trying to weigh out my options trying to figure out what my next step is," Hamilton said.

Jefferson Community and Technical College hosted other schools in a special meeting Thursday to match students with a new program, but the process can be tough.

Chaz Graver is beyond frustrated after he says he lost a year and a half of his life. He's trying to figure out how to continue pursuing a career in electrical engineering.

"What do I do about the loans I've already taken out?" Chaz Graver asked. "Schools telling you that they don't even offer the programs or I got told with one school that I would just have to start all over."

JCTC is trying to offer some special courses for students starting in October.

"It's going to depend institution by institution whether or not the receiving institution has the program they were in at ITT," said JCTC President Ty Handy. "I can speak for Jefferson. We have most of the programs that ITT was offering locally."

Nursing students like Hamilton are hoping the closure won't delay the dream too long.

"I don't want to start over. I'm way too close now," she said. "I have a family that depends on me."  

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