The National Association of Trade and Technical Schools has denied an appeal by Citi-College of Salt Lake and Ogden for reinstatement of accreditation.

A hearing before the national association last week did not change the status of the two schools, which closed earlier this month."They have been suspended," said Christopher Davis, spokesman for the national association. "That is the end of their appeals process. If they want to seek accreditation again, they will have to wait nine months."

Davis would not elaborate on why the private Utah vocational schools did not meet the association's accreditation standards. Without accreditation, the schools cannot attract students with government-sponsored loans.

Stephen Collins, CitiCollege president, would not comment on the decision.

Students may transfer to other vocational programs, but many of them have loans tied up in the bankruptcy action and cannot transfer the financing. The colleges have a history of problems with such lending agencies.