Students Demand Answers as Bryman College Files for Bankruptcy, Closes Campuses

Students at the college's Los Angeles campus at Wilshire Boulevard crowded the hallways in confusion as Los Angeles police were seen arriving outside

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    Around 300 Bryman College students got the announcement Monday that the school would be closing its doors permanently. Patrick Healy reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. from Koreatown Monday, July 28, 2018.

    Bryman College students were demanding answers Monday after learning their school closed all of its campuses since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy days earlier.

    Bryman College Dean Christopher Finn said in a letter the college shuttered its 11 campuses and all employees lost their jobs.

    "I am deeply saddened that Bryman College has closed and will be unable to continue your educational endeavor at this time," the statement read. "As stated by the (CEO) on July 25th, 2014, 'financial problems have reached a point that Biohealth College and Bryman College can no longer stay in business.'"

    Students at the college's Los Angeles campus at Wilshire Boulevard crowded the hallways in confusion as Los Angeles police were seen arriving outside.

    "Everybody's got questions, and we need them answered," one student shouted. "Not later, today. We need them answered today."

    Some students said they received an email on Sunday telling them the school was closed.

    "This is my life they're messing with," student Laura Montante said.

    A mother of three studying to be a dental assistant, Karla Alvarado said she was supposed to graduate this week.

    "I definitely don't want to be stuck with a federal loan, almost $10,000, if I didn't get what I went to school for," Alvarado said.

    Representatives were at the campus Monday to address students about the closure, according to the statement.

    "As I am aware that not every student situation is the same, we will do our best to assist everyone as needed," Finn's statement read. "All of the staff and faculty from our campus are saddened by the decision to close all Bryman College locations, but we are committed to assisting you the best we still can."

    Staff members from the California Department of Consumer Affairs were also on Bryman and BioHealth college campuses Monday to help students with filling out applications for tuition recovery, getting their transcripts and financial aid documents, and providing information about how to get federal loans discharged.

    "We were notified really late last week," said Cristina Valdivia with California Consumer Affairs, which oversees the private for-profit colleges. "A lot of times those credits are not transferrable."

    For more information on what to do during a school closure, students can visit http://www.bppe.ca.gov/students/guide.shtml

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