North Texas Students Scramble After Beauty College Abruptly Closes

Regency Beauty Institute closed all 79 of its locations in the U.S., including five in DFW

Beauty school Regency Beauty Institute announced the immediate closure of all its campuses Wednesday, sending students scrambling.

Regency had 79 schools across the country, including five in North Texas — Plano, Dallas, Mesquite, Arlington and Lewisville.

Students were given two hours Thursday to come collect their belongings. They will have one more chance between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday before the buildings are permanently closed. 

"A lot of people are really angry, a lot of people are upset. I know for a fact that I was devastated," said student Katt Burk. "I just started in August and we just paid for October. And now, it's gone."

Students like 20-year-old Imogen Mosley are now trying to figure out how to get their money back — and get back on track.

Mosley said she took out $19,000 in student loans to attend Regency's program and Thursday was supposed to be her fourth day.

"They sent me a text message. They didn't even send me an e-mail," Mosley said. 

Regency officials did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. 

"This is incredibly difficult news for everyone affected: especially our students, teachers, and staff," Regency officials stated on their website. "We are truly sorry for the abrupt nature of this information."

Regency officials blamed the closures on a lack of funds due to a shortage of cosmetology students and political circumstances for for-profit schools. The company has been in business for 50 years. 

Regency posted a page on their website with information and instructions for current students.

Online: Regency Beauty Institute

Several beauty colleges in North Texas, including the Aveda Institute and Toni & Guy, have said they will try to work with students to continue their education.

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