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Fortis College
TypePrivate for-profit college
32 campuses
United States

Fortis College (also Fortis Institute and Fortis College of Nursing in some locations) is a Private for-profit college with multiple campuses throughout the United States. It was established in 2008 and is operated by Education Affiliates and owned by JLL Partners.[2]

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For-profit higher education in the United States

For-profit higher education in the United States

For-profit higher education in the United States refers to the commercialization and privatization of American higher education institutions. For-profit colleges have been the most recognizable for-profit institutions, but commercialization has been a part of US higher education for centuries. Privatization of public institutions has also been increasing since at least the 1980s.

Education Affiliates

Education Affiliates

Education Affiliates (EA) is an American parent company of for-profit colleges, with its headquarters in Nottingham, Maryland. It has been an investment of JLL Partners since 2004. According to D&B Hoovers, EA has annual sales of $202 million. Education Affiliates owns approximately 50 campuses and learning centers.

JLL Partners

JLL Partners

JLL Partners is an American private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout transactions and leveraged recapitalizations of middle-market companies. The firm is headquartered in New York City, and was founded in 1987. Since its founding JLL Partners has committed approximately $4.7 billion across seven funds. JLL invests in various industries including food and consumer products, automotive parts, health care, media and telecommunications, commodity and specialty chemicals, building products, transportation, and industrial manufacturing and distribution. The company tends to focus on companies requiring an operational turnaround.

Education Affiliates and JLL Partners

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)

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)


  • 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]

In 2020 and 2021 Fortis received more than $50 million in stimulus funds.

  • $32.6 million under the CARES Act[15]
  • $14.9 million under the second round of Coronavirus funds. [16]
  • $8.4 million (projected) under the American Rescue Plan.[17]

At least a dozen locations are under US Department of Education heightened cash monitoring for financial irresponsibility.[18]


Fortis offers Associate of Art degrees and certificates.[19]


Fortis Colleges and Fortis Institutes are institutionally accredited by the following institutional accreditors:[20]

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.[20]

In September 2018, the Orange Park, Florida campus voluntarily withdrew from ACICS.[21]

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.[22]

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Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is a recognized higher education accreditation organization in the United States specializing in the institutional accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions that offer allied health education programs, and the programmatic accreditation of programs leading to associate degrees or certificates in the medical assistant, medical laboratory technician and surgical technology fields. The ABHES is the only healthcare education accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to recognition by the U.S. Department of Education, the ABHES is also recognized by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the American Medical Technologists (AMT) and the Liaison Council for Certification of Surgical Technologists (LLC-ST).

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States that provides national accreditation to private post-secondary educational institutions. It is recognized by the United States Department of Education as an independent accrediting agency. Established in 1965, it is based in Arlington, Virginia.

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is a non-profit education corporation that was recognized until 2022 by the United States Department of Education as an independent and autonomous national accrediting body.

Council on Occupational Education

Council on Occupational Education

The Council on Occupational Education (COE) is a national accrediting agency of higher education institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. COE was created in 1971 as part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The COE became independent in 1995.

National Center for Education Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the part of the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that collects, analyzes, and publishes statistics on education and public school district finance information in the United States. It also conducts international comparisons of education statistics and provides leadership in developing and promoting the use of standardized terminology and definitions for the collection of those statistics. NCES is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System.


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.[20] 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.[23]

College costs and student outcomes

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.[24]

  • 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.[24]

Gainful employment

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.[25]

  • 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 College

  • Dothan, AL (141 students)
  • Foley, AL (89 students)
  • Mobile, AL (301 students)
  • Montgomery, AL (264 students)
  • Phoenix, AZ (156 students)
  • Cutler Bay, FL (379 students)
  • Orange Park, FL (442 students)
  • Smyrna, GA (516 students)
  • Indianapolis, IN (408 students)
  • Baton Rouge, LA (387 students)
  • Landover, MD (603 students)
  • Centerville, OH (491 students)
  • Cincinnati, OH (562 students)
  • Columbus, OH (904 students)
  • Cuyahoga Falls, OH (561 students)
  • Columbia, SC (438 students)
  • Houston, TX (327 students)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (490 students)
  • Norfolk, VA (441 students)
  • Richmond, VA (455 students)

Fortis Institute

  • Birmingham, AL (539 students)
  • Pensacola, FL (668 students)
  • Port St. Lucie, FL (481 students)
  • Towson, MD (510 students)
  • Lawrenceville, NJ (266 students)
  • Wayne, NJ (479 students)
  • Forty Fort, PA (172 students)
  • Scranton, PA (241 students)
  • Cookeville, TN (303 students)
  • Nashville, TN (479 students)
  • Houston, TX (300 students)


Closed locations

  • 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)[26]
  • Ravenna, Ohio (2018)
  • Woodlawn, Maryland (2018)
  • Grand Prairie, Texas (2019) [27]


  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Phoenix, Arizona (2019) [29]
  • Erie, Pennsylvania (2019)

Department of Education heightened cash monitoring

The following Fortis schools are on US Department of Education heightened cash monitoring as of December 2018.[30] Financial responsibility numbers are at the lowest level, -1.[18]

  • Fortis College, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Fortis Institute, Towson, MD
  • Fortis Institute, Wayne, NJ
  • Fortis College, Centerville, OH
  • Fortis College, Mobile, AL
  • Fortis Institute, Forty Fort, PA
  • Fortis Institute, Scranton, PA
  • Fortis College, Foley, AL
  • Fortis College, Orange Park, FL
  • Fortis College, Baton Rouge, LA

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