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A for-profit Texas career college has suddenly closed, stranding students after the school lost its ability to tap into federal student loan programs.

Vantage College announced on its website last week that it was closing, but some students showed up for classes unaware that the school to which they had entrusted funds was out of business.

In a release to student on the Vantage website, the school stated that it “is reviewing options for you to complete your academic programs at other post secondary institutions in the community, and we have identified several institutions that have comparable academic programs and may provide credit for coursework completed on a satisfactory academic basis at our school."


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Sweet Briar College, a small liberal arts college for women in rural Virginia founded in 1901, surprisingly announced today that it will  close at the end of the school year.  Financial problems and an inadequate endowment were cited as reasons for the stunning news.  "I know this news is upsetting and may be surprising," said school president Jimmy Jones in a video announcement.   According to an official press release, the school's board voted on February 28, 2015, to close the college "as a result of insurmountable financial challenges."  The college said that it would begin immediately to help current students transfer to other colleges and universities. 
More than 500 students are currently enrolled in the school.  The school is located outside Amherst, Virginia, about 70 miles northeast of Roanoke and 60 miles southwest of Charlottesville.
According to a school press release, the college began in March 2014 a strategic planning initiative  that ultimately did not yield "any viable paths because of financial constraints."
In a video announcement about the wind down, a school official said that the process of concluding academic operations would be handled with "integrity and compassion," but that some details were still being worked out.  The current semester is scheduled to be completed as planned, with current students being offered assistance in finding new academic homes, which may involve "teach out" options with selected institutions.  The college said that it "hoped" to provide severance to faculty and staff, but that the details were yet to be determined. 
In concluding remarks in the video message, Sweet Briar President Jimmy Jones said that while "this is without question a special place in one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, the college's true home is within each of us."
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On the eve of the resumption of classes following winter break, a Maine beauty school suddenly closed.  , with locations in Bangor and Lewiston, had been in operation since 1960.  The school charged its students more than $13,000 for training programs. Students and instructors were not immediately provided a reason for the closing.
 
 
Kentucky's Mid-Continent University has lost its accreditation, creating questions about the impact of this development on students and graduates.  Mid-Continent ceased instruction effective June 30, 2014, offering teach out opportunities to students.
As reported by NBC affiliate WPSD, the university based in Mayfield lost its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) after failing to comply a series of core requirements, including faculty competence, student support services, and financial stability. 
Accreditation is required for an institution of higher education like Mid-Continent University to be eligible for state and federal financial aid for student tuition, which is the lifeblood of most colleges and universities.  
The chair of Mid-Continent's Board of Trustees, Tom Butler, told WPSD that he didn't know of any plans to appeal the loss of accreditation, but he said the school did intend to resume classes for students at a later date to be determined.
Loss of accreditation can adversely effect students and graduates with regard to issues like credit transfers.
According to its own website, Mid-Continent is a  "Great Commission, Baptist, undergraduate and graduate, teaching institution whose primary purpose is to provide Christ-centered quality higher education."
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Members of Congress are seeking to help former employees of a former for-profit school in southern California that suddenly closed.  As reported in the Los Angeles Times, the for-profit Career Colleges of America suddenly closed in January 2014 due to a loss of accreditation and a resulting loss of eligibility for federal financial aid.   A letter from two congresswomen from Los Angeles notes that hundreds of employees of the school apparently worked without pay for weeks prior to the closing, and demands that the school's owners remedy the situation. 
Sudden closures of for-profit colleges across the United States often cause significant harm to former students and employees.  If you have concerns about the closure of a for-profit school that you want to share with an attorney, send us an e-mail at contact@collegewatchdogs.net