Fortis College (also Fortis Institute and Fortis College of Nursing in some locations) is a for-profit college established in 2008, operated by Education Affiliates, and owned by JLL Partners.[2] Most of the schools have national accreditation.

Fortis College
Type2-year for-profit
32 campuses

Education Affiliates and JLL PartnersEdit

Education Affiliates (EA) operates Fortis College and Fortis Institute, and is headquartered in Nottingham, Maryland. EA is an investment of JLL Partners [3] and was incorporated in 2004.[4] Its other schools include ASPE Training, All-State Career School, DriveCo CDL Learning Center, Saint Paul’s School of Nursing, Georgia Driving Academy, and the Denver School of Nursing.[5][6][7]


Growth (2008 to 2013)Edit

From 2008 to 2013, Fortis College and Fortis Institutes grew from one school in Phoenix, Arizona to more than 40 schools in 17 states.[2] Fortis purchased other for-profit schools including: Virginia Career Institute, Capps College, North Florida Institute, Medix School, AMTI, National Institute of Technology, RETS College, Gulf Coast College, Florida Career Institute, Technical Career Institute, Berdan Institute, Tri-State Business Institute, and MedVance Institute.[2]

Downsizing (2013 to present)Edit


  • 2012-13: $253,193,698
  • 2013-14: $235,792,358
  • 2014-15: $210,264,921
  • 2015-16: $196,007,578
  • 2016-17: $193,271,039


Enrollment losses and unprofitability have resulted in campus closures in Florida, Maryland, Ohio,[9] Pennsylvania.[10] and Texas. These loses have been ameliorated by the transfer of students from other for-profit colleges that have closed their doors.[11]

In 2015, Education Affiliates, the parent company of Fortis, "agreed to pay $13 million to the United States to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the Department of Education for federal student aid for students enrolled in its programs." [12] Part of the $13 million settlement provided for repayment of $1.9 million that resulted from Education Affiliates "awarding federal financial aid to students at its Fortis-Miami campus based on invalid high school credentials issued by a diploma mill."[13]

In 2016-17, 21 Fortis locations were unprofitable: Centerville, Cincinnati, Columbia, Cutler Bay, Cuyahoga Falls, Grand Prairie, Houston, Indianapolis, Norfolk, Phoenix, Richmond, Baltimore, Birmingham, Cookeville, Erie, Forty Fort, Lawrenceville, and Nashville. [14]

At least a dozen locations are under US Department of Education heightened cash monitoring for financial irresponsibility.[15]


Fortis offers Associate of Art degrees and certificates.[16]


Fortis Colleges and Fortis Institutes are institutionally accredited by the following national accreditors:[17]

The National Center for Education Statistics does not have accreditation data for the Fortis College in Cutler Bay, Florida or the Fortis Institute in Houston, Texas.[17]

In September 2018, the Orange Park, Florida campus voluntarily withdrew from ACICS.[18]

In April 2019, ACICS renewed Fortis' accreditation for its Norfolk, Virginia campus until September 30, 2019, but continued its compliance warning. According to ACICS, Fortis did not adequately maintain student records related to admissions and student progress.[19]


Faculty at Fortis are primarily adjunct professors. The percentage of instructors that are full time range from 10 percent to 40 percent, depending on the campus.[17] Fortis College in Mobile, Alabama has 3 full-time instructors and 34 part-time instructors. Fortis Institute in Wayne, New Jersey has 12 full-time instructors and 25 part-time instructors.


Fortis schools have racially and ethnically diverse student populations. The demographic breakdown of the Phoenix campus is 34 percent White, 34 percent Hispanic, 22 percent Black, 4 percent unknown, 2 percent American Indian/Alaska Native, 2 percent two or more races, 1 percent Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and 1% Asian. The breakdown of the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio campus are 56 percent White, 31 percent Black, 5 percent Asian, 4 percent unknown, 2percent two or more races, and 1 percent Hispanic.[20]

College costs and student outcomesEdit

According to the US Department of Education's College Scorecard, the average annual cost of attending Fortis College ranges from $16,958 to 30,687.[21]

  • Fortis students have a graduation rate ranging from 29 to 72 percent, depending on the campus.
  • Median salary after attending ranges from $24,100 to $33,200.
  • Student loan repayment rates range from 20 to 24 percent.[21]

Gainful employmentEdit

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the following programs failed gainful employment standards. In failing programs, graduates have loan payments exceeding 12 percent of total earnings or 30 percent of discretionary income.[22]

  • Centerville, OH: legal assistant/paralegal, AA
  • Centerville, OH: criminal justice/safety studies, AA
  • Centerville, OH: medical insurance specialist/medical biller, AA
  • Centerville, OH: medical/clinical assistant, AA
  • Norfolk, VA: criminal justice/safety studies, AA
  • Norfolk, VA: health information/medical records technology/technician, AA
  • Norfolk, VA: medical/clinical assistant, AA
  • Erie, PA: computer graphics, AA
  • Erie, PA: cosmetology/cosmetologist, Undergraduate certificate
  • Erie, PA: barbering/barber, Undergraduate certificate
  • Erie, PA: legal assistant/paralegal, AA
  • Erie, PA: criminal justice/safety studies, AA
  • Erie, PA: health information/medical records technology/technician, AA
  • Erie, PA: medical/clinical assistant, AA
  • Erie, PA: massage therapy/therapeutic message, AA
  • Erie, PA: business administration and management, general, AA
  • Erie, PA: accounting technology/technician and bookkeeping, AA
  • Erie, PA: administrative assistant and secretarial science, general, AA


Fortis CollegeEdit

  • Dothan, AL (189 students)
  • Foley, AL (149 students)
  • Mobile, AL (375 students)
  • Montgomery, AL (311 students)
  • Phoenix, AZ (156 students)
  • Cutler Bay, FL (283 students)
  • Orange Park, FL (398 students)
  • Smyrna, GA (585 students)
  • Indianapolis, IN (334 students)
  • Baton Rouge, LA (312 students)
  • Landover, MD (550 students)
  • Centerville, OH (690 students)
  • Cincinnati, OH (340 students)
  • Columbus, OH (774 students)
  • Cuyahoga Falls, OH (451 students)
  • Columbia, SC (348 students)
  • Houston, TX (251 students)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (490 students)
  • Norfolk, VA (229 students)
  • Richmond, VA (404 students)

Fortis InstituteEdit

  • Birmingham, AL (451 students)
  • Pensacola, FL (564 students)
  • Port St. Lucie, FL (350 students)
  • Towson, MD (412 students)
  • Lawrenceville, NJ (234 students)
  • Wayne, NJ (599 students)
  • Forty Fort, PA (159 students)
  • Scranton, PA (287 students)
  • Cookeville, TN (175 students)
  • Nashville, TN (353 students)
  • Houston, TX (330 students)


Teachout locationsEdit

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Phoenix, Arizona [23]
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Closed locationsEdit

  • Tampa, Florida (2013)
  • Jacksonville, Florida (2014)
  • Miami, Florida (2014)
  • Mulberry, Florida (2015)
  • Largo, Florida (2016)
  • Lauderdale Lakes, Florida (2016)
  • Palm Springs, Florida (2016)
  • Winter Park, Florida (2016)
  • Erie, Pennsylvania (2018)[24]
  • Ravenna, Ohio (2018)
  • Grand Prairie, Texas (2019) [25]


Department of Education heightened cash monitoringEdit

The following Fortis schools are on US Department of Education heightened cash monitoring as of December 2018.[27] Financial responsibility numbers are at the lowest level, -1.[15]

  • Fortis College, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Fortis Institute, Towson, MD
  • Fortis Institute, Wayne, NJ
  • Fortis College, Centerville, OH
  • Fortis College, Mobile, AL
  • Fortis College, Norfolk, VA
  • Fortis Institute, Birmingham, AL
  • Fortis Institute, Forty Fort, PA
  • Fortis Institute, Scranton, PA
  • Fortis College, Foley, AL
  • Fortis College, Orange Park, FL
  • Fortis College, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Fortis Institute, Cookeville, TN
  • Fortis College, Houston, TX


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