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American Beauty Academy closed, students stunned

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Some Baltimore beauty school students learned an ugly reality last week when they found out their school unexpectedly closed.

A sign on the door of the American Beauty Academy on Harford Road said the school was temporarily closed until Nov. 30th due to "unforeseen circumstances."

A spokesperson for the US Department of Education said the ABA was sent a revocation letter because for the past three fiscal years the school failed to satisfy the "90/10 Rule" which prohibits for-profit colleges from collecting more than 90% of its revenue from federal student aid.

Students, including ABA student president Patrice Tyler, said they found out last Wednesday--a day after the ABA learned it had lost federal funding.

"I was depressed for about two days," said Tyler who now works at another salon as she figures out how to resume her education. "That was one of the things I wanted to check off on my bucket list-- getting my license."

Attempts to contact American Beauty Academy CEO Ed Gillespie were unsuccessful. E-mails to the corporate office were not returned and the ABA's voicemail inbox was full.

According to the Maryland Higher Education Commission's website, the ABA will meet with students on Nov. 30th to discuss their options and let them retrieve personal belongings.

The American Beauty Academy has 20 days from receiving the revocation notice to appeal, said US Department of Education spokesperson Jim Bradshaw

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