Legal Options for Former Regency Beauty Institute Students

Workshop helps former Regency students see their options when it comes to student loans.

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DULUTH, Minn. – When Regency Beauty Institute in Duluth abruptly closed last September in Duluth, it left their thirty-five students wondering what’s next?

An informational workshop was held to help some of them out. Many of the students have looked for legal help for what to do with their student loans.

If students choose not to continue with their education, they have the option of applying for a closed school discharge on their loans. However, if they did transfer credits, their options may be limited.

“If any of their credits from Regency transfers, then they’re not going to be able to get that student loan discharge, even one credit. So it’s just a choice people have to make and I think it’s important that they know what the implications of that choice are,” said Gwen Updegraff, a managing attorney with Legal Aid Services of Northeastern Minnesota.

If some students had expenses that weren’t covered by student loans, they might be able to file a claim against the school depending upon what was promised at the time of enrollment.

Students who are eligible are encouraged to reach out to Legal Aid Services of Northeastern Minnesota with any questions. They plan to hold a workshop about student options coming up at WITC in Superior in the future.