RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - After a Marinello employee flipped us the bird, it was pretty obvious we were not going to get a comment from Marinello School of Beauty in Reno.
The news broke February 4, 2016: the school was shutting down permanently after the U.S Department of Education claimed Marinello used questionable business practices on students and the government concerning student loans.
The Education Department says Marinello went as far as getting aid to students with invalid high school diplomas. Instructors packed their cars, dumbfounded that something like this could happen.
Some of the students are already looking for ways to finish their training. Between 25 and 30 of them went to Paul Mitchell the School in Reno to see what their chances were of taking classes.
“As a matter of fact, I told the students that came by that, if this would have happened to me in beauty school, I don't think I would have finished beauty school. I didn't fall in love with this industry until the end of my beauty school experience. So if my school would have shut down half way through, I don't think I would have made it through,” says Doug Christensen, owner of Paul Mitchell the School Reno.
Christensen says the school will need the number of hours for each Marinello student before they can place them. That information will come from the state cosmetology board.
As far as loans, Christensen says typically if a school goes under, the U.S. Department of Education will forgive the loans, and students can re-apply for them to finish school. However, those decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Christensen's message: Don't give up---there are people here who will help you.
Marinello Reno isn’t the only beauty school to close. With the U.S. Department of Education investigation, the entire chain nationwide has been shut down.