GROVE CITY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Harrison College students said they’re outraged the school closed without any warning.
The school will officially shut down after the current semester ends this weekend. The college’s board chairman points to declining student enrollment and financial pressure for the decision.
Harrison College has 11 locations in Indiana, North Carolina and in Ohio. The Ohio location in Grove City has 150 students.
“Devastated, shocked. I’ve put blood, sweat and tears into this place. I was here five, six days a week,” said Cathy Wears.
Wears studied and worked at the Grove City location and said her decision to continue her education was her dad.
"I wanted him to be proud of me because he was one of my best friends and then this happened,” said Wears.
Student Jenna George was looking forward to graduating in October and celebrating with her family.
"Getting everyone together, it was just a big day. It was like something I really looked forward to,” explained George.
For this mom of two, her dreams of becoming a medical assistant are in limbo. George said she has between $60-$70 thousand in student loans and wonders what’s next.
"Who's going to take care of my loans. Who's going to help me with schools? Who's going to help me through it all?”
John Ware with the Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools said they may be help for students.
"We're going to work to help those students either transfer to another school to complete their education or if we're unable to do that, students would be eligible for the federal student loan discharge program,” explained Ware.
Ware added Harrison could face penalties for their abrupt closure, “It could be anything from a fine to we’ve barred people from opening other schools.”
Ware said his office will contact students Monday and Tuesday to explore their options. Impacted students can also contact the Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools by phone 877-275-4219 or email.