Former Regency Beauty Students Say They Are Devastated After School Shuts Down

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)– After more than 50 years of education, Regency Beauty Institute is now closed for good.

Students say while they were sitting in class yesterday, they had no idea they would be picking up their personal belongings from that same but now empty classroom just one day later.

“It says, it is with great sadness that we announce that all Regency Beauty Institute campuses are permanently closing at the end of the day on September 28, 2016. Please see your email for more information,” says MJ Haney a former student of the institute.

MJ Haney says she was at a birthday party last night when she received that text message from her school, and this afternoon, she and other now former students were told to come pick up their personal items, because the building would be permanently closed after Friday.

“No warning. No nothing. The teachers didn’t get no warnings. Nothing. Yesterday was a great day. Everybody was getting their awards because there’s a couple girls that are fixin’ to graduate in the next week, and now they have to go to a different school and get those last hours in that they need.”

All 79 of Regency Beauty’s campuses will be closing for good, because according to the school’s website, the organization doesn’t have the cash to continue to run the business.

“I cried my eyes out, because I love this school. It’s not like any other school, it’s really not, it’s the best school. I wanted to go to Chatt State, but Chatt State you have to be there for six months before you can get on the floor. When you get here, you’re already on the floor. You’re already doing stuff. I was already cutting hair, and everything and now I have to go to Chatt State and sit it a classroom for five months. And if you end up going there, then you’ll be able to transfer your credits? They have no idea. They don’t know if they can give our money back. They don’t know anything. They don’t know about my hours, they don’t know about credit, nothin.”

According to their website, Regency made a point to say, this is not another case of a school being forced to shut down because it was accused of wrongdoing.

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