Students put out as beauty school abruptly closes its doors - Tucson News Now

Students put out as beauty school abruptly closes its doors

Sign on door of closed Regency campus. (Source: Tucson News Now) Sign on door of closed Regency campus. (Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Regency Beauty Institute) (Source: Regency Beauty Institute)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Several hundred students with the Regency Beauty Institute are still wondering what happened, as they were told the school was closing permanently as of Wednesday, Sept. 28. 

There are two locations in Tucson on Broadway Boulevard and Wetmore Road. 

The Regency Beauty Institute released the following statement on its website: 

It is with great sadness that we announce that after more than 50 years of educating cosmetology students, Regency Beauty Institute is permanently closing on September 28, 2016.  This closure affects all 79 campuses.

This is incredibly difficult news for everyone affected: especially our students, teachers, and staff. We recognize that some of you may be finding this out for the first time by reading this. We are truly sorry for the abrupt nature of this information.

How did this happen? In short, the organization does not have the cash to continue to run the business. There are multiple intertwined reasons: declining numbers of cosmetology students nationwide, a negative characterization of for-profit education by regulators and politicians that continues to worsen and, in light of these factors, an inability to obtain continued financing.

This is not another case of a school being forced to shut down because it was accused of wrongdoing. We held ourselves to high educational and ethical standards. The environment is simply not one that allows us to remain open. We diligently explored a range of strategic options that would benefit our students, teachers, and staff — and allow us to remain open. Unfortunately, those efforts were not successful.

The Regency Beauty Institute has some information about transcripts, finishing the program, and financial aid on their website

Makalya Spruill said a part of her tuition was paid out of pocket by her parents. The most recent payment was made a day before the school's closure. 

Spruill said she's not sure her parents will be able to get that money back. 

"It was kind of alarming that they ended up taking more money even though they ended up closing the school. And my parents had paid the day before they closed. So for me, I guess I should have had a heads up or a notice," Spruill said. 

Many other students who paid out of pocket, or even received financial aid, loans, and grants are all left wondering what to do next. 

"I don't know what happened. They just called us up and sent us texts and were just like all regency campuses are closing down," said Tristan Nelson, a student. 

"I was shocked. I was shocked you know? I've invested so much time. The educators have invested so much time. Apparently nobody knew what was going on. That's the story. And it sucks that now us as students have to deal with it and figure out a new route," said Carlos Valencia, a student.

Students were able to pick up their personal belongings at either location on Thursday, September 29, or on Friday, September 30 from 11 am to 1 pm. 

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