LOS ANGELES – The Marinello Schools of Beauty is closing its campuses, including the Palmdale location, as a result of the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to cut off access to student financial aid, the company announced.
“The Department of Education’s unprecedented and unfounded actions left us with no other option except to close our schools,” Marinello said in an online letter to its students.
The DOE said it had determined that Marinello was knowingly requesting federal aid for students based on invalid high school diplomas, under-awarding Title IV aid to students, charging students for excessive overtime and engaging in other acts of misrepresentation.
“Our students depend on higher education institutions to prepare them for careers through a quality education,” Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell said in a news release. “Unfortunately, some schools violate their trust through deceptive marketing practices and defraud taxpayers by giving out student aid inappropriately.”
“These unscrupulous institutions use questionable business practices or outright lie to both students and the federal government, ” Mitchell said. “In these cases we are taking aggressive action to protect students and taxpayers from further harm by these institutions.”
In a statement, Marinello said its students have been unfairly victimized by the DOE’s decision.
“Our students have gone to great lengths to complete their education to better their lives,” Marinello said. “The department’s actions have deprived Marinello’s students of the opportunity to complete their education at Marinello without interruption.”
The school said that when the DOE began to withhold funds from students two months ago, Marinello officials asked for information about how to address the department’s problems, but received no answer.
“We are confident we would have been able to address them given Marinello’s long history of compliance with regulatory requirements,” the statement said. “The department waited until we were past the point of no return financially to allow us any opportunity to respond to its unfounded allegations.”
About 1,500 students are registered at the cosmetology school’s campuses in Palmdale, West Covina, Whittier, Bell, West Los Angeles, Reseda, Burbank, Inglewood, San Diego and elsewhere in the Southland.