Closure of Marinello Schools of Beauty

Important Information About Marinello Schools of Beauty

On this page you will find information related to the denial of recertification notices imposed against 23 campuses within the Marinello Schools of Beauty chain and the subsequent closure of all 56 campuses operating under the Marinello brand. Featured below is information on how former Marinello students can continue their education, apply for closed school loan discharges, retrieve student records, and more. 

Denial of Recertification Notices Issued to Marinello Schools of Beauty

On Feb. 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued letters to five Marinello Schools of Beauty (Marinello), comprised of 23 locations, notifying them that ED has denied recertification of their eligibility to participate in the federal student aid programs. ED took this step after finding that the schools failed to meet their fiduciary responsibility to ED and its students to administer the financial aid programs with a high degree of care and diligence. The letters notified the schools that their participation in the federal student aid programs will end on Feb. 29, 2016. 

The letters also provide the schools the opportunity to submit factual evidence to dispute ED’s findings. The schools have until Feb. 16, 2016, to submit that evidence. If that evidence causes ED to change its determination, the schools can continue to participate in the federal student aid programs.

Denial of Recertification Letters

Closure of All Marinello Campuses

On Feb. 4, 2016, officials representing Marinello alerted ED and the requisite postsecondary education oversight bodies in the five states where they have operating locations that, effective February 5, they would cease operations and instruction at all 56 locations across the country. As a result of this precipitous closure, all Marinello locations have lost their eligibility to receive federal student aid funds from ED.

If you were attending any of the closed schools in California, Nevada, or Utah on Feb. 4, 2016, or in Connecticut or Kansas on Feb. 5, 2016, or if you withdrew from one of these schools within a period of 120 days prior to these dates, you have two primary options:

  1. Apply for a closed school loan discharge.
  2. Transfer earned credit to another institution to continue your education in a comparable program.

Closed School Loan Discharge

If you attended a Marinello school that closed while you were attending or soon after you withdrew, and you did not complete your program of study, you may be eligible for a closed school discharge. A closed school discharge is a 100 percent discharge of the federal Direct Loans, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans, or Federal Perkins Loans you took out to attend the closed school and a reimbursement of amounts you have already paid to the government.

To apply for loan forgiveness through a closed school discharge, you can either

Note: Your Closed School Loan Discharge Application must be sent to your loan servicer. To find out who your loan servicer is, log in to My Federal Student Aid or call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243; TTY for the hearing impaired 1-800-730-8913).

You can no longer use your Federal Student Aid PIN. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to create an FSA ID—a username and password—to log in.

Read our overview of the closed school loan discharge process for more information about the process and eligibility.

We encourage you to avoid paying companies for student loan consolidation or forgiveness services that your federal loan servicer provides on behalf of ED for free. Read our recent post on your rights and options as a borrower.

Credit Transfers

Instead of applying for a closed school discharge, you may wish to keep the credits you’ve earned from your Marinello school and transfer those credits to another school with a comparable program. If you do transfer into a comparable program offered by another school, that school will evaluate your Marinello course work and will decide whether to give you credit for the work already completed, as well as what courses you need to take to complete your program of study.

ED is working with Marinello officials, as well as representatives from the requisite postsecondary education oversight bodies, to process student records from the 56 affected schools as soon as possible so that transfer schools can start assessing students’ remaining eligibility for federal student aid funds.

Marinello officials and the requisite postsecondary education oversight bodies in the five impacted states are in the process of working with institutions in the area of the closed schools to identify schools with similar programs that may accept students. As that information becomes available, we will post updates to this page. You also can visit the Marinello website for information.

Note: Transferring to another institution and/or continuing to receive federal student aid may not be an option for students who were admitted to Marinello using an invalid high school diploma as an admission credential. These students, however, are eligible for a closed school discharge.

Again, if you transfer the credits you’ve earned at your Marinello school toward a comparable program at another school, you will not be eligible to receive a closed school loan discharge.

Where to Find More Information About Your Records and Options

We want you to get the help you need to understand your options.

Marinello officials will be hosting on-campus meetings throughout the week of Feb. 7, 2016, where they will provide students additional information, including official transcripts, proof of training, financial aid transcripts, state contacts, transfer options, and other important materials.

Additionally, ED is making plans to have staff available to assist students at various locations near Marinello campuses. You can find the locations and times of ED help sessions for students in columns K, L, and M of this spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is updated and reposted to this site as the dates and locations of new help sessions are finalized.

Meanwhile, we have created fact sheets for former Marinello students:

More information, including how to retain transcripts and student records and a listing of key questions and answers, can be found on the Marinello website.

If you have further questions, visit our Marinello Q&A page to see answers to questions other Marinello students have asked. You may also contact ED's School Eligibility Service Group team at (202) 377-3173 or e-mail your inquiry to