The Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners is offering resources to help students of Regency Beauty Institute after its abrupt shutdown last week.

A press release from the state says the board authorized a formal hearing on Monday against Regency Beauty Institute "to consider the revocation of its cosmetology school license based on complaints received by the Board regarding the school." 

Regency Beauty Institute, which operated licensed beauty schools in four Tennessee markets, closed all of its Tennessee locations on September 29, without notifying more than 140 Tennessee students or notifying either the Board or the Department. 

"The students who were enrolled in the classes were given no notice of their school’s closure and were left scrambling to find a new school so they could finish their education," the release says.

The state is providing the following resources to students:

  • If you were a student at Regency and were receiving financial aid, the office of Federal Student Aid has issued an announcement.
  • Tennessee students wishing to file a complaint against Regency Beauty Institute, can do so online by clicking here.
  • Students wishing to transfer to another school should obtain a notice of withdrawal as well as an official transcript from Regency. A list of other cosmetology schools in Tennessee can be found by clicking here.  
  • For more information, students can contact the Board at 615-741-2515 or 800-480-9285 or click here to send an email.

The release did not specify a date for the hearing against Regency Beauty Institute.

Last week, Regency Beauty Institute posted the following statement on its website regarding the closure:

"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."

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