Frequently asked questions related to the closure of Marinello Schools of Beauty. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Marinello Schools of Beauty

Frequently Asked Questions About Marinello Schools of Beauty

1. My school has lost eligibility to receive federal student aid funds from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). What is ED doing to assist students like me?

ED has provided information regarding the current options for students who attended Marinello Schools of Beauty (Marinello). Those options include closed school loan discharges and credit transfers.

ED continues to work with Marinello to process student records from the affected schools as soon as possible so that transfer institutions can access students’ remaining federal student aid eligibility.

If you are interested in transferring your hours to another institution, you should contact that institution to confirm that they will accept the hours you earned at Marinello. The institution also can tell you what additional steps you need to take to enroll at their institution (for example, update the FAFSA form with the new institution’s information).

In addition to the on-campus meetings that Marinello officials hosted for students the week of Feb. 7, 2016, ED is making plans to host information sessions at various locations in proximity to the 56 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:

2. Which campuses are impacted by the closure of Marinello Beauty Schools?

On Feb. 4, 2016, Marinello announced that it would be closing all 56 of its operating campuses in California, Connecticut, Kansas, Nevada, and Utah. All campuses in California, Nevada, and Utah closed as of Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, while all locations in Connecticut and Kansas closed as of Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. In addition, on Dec. 23, 2015, Marinello closed a location in Massachusetts, so students from that location may also be eligible for closed school discharges.

Students that were affected by the closure may also visit the respective state agency websites for additional information.
 

3. Will I be able to continue to receive financial aid?

Each student’s eligibility for additional federal student aid funds will need to be evaluated independently. When enrolling in a new institution, please schedule a meeting with the financial aid office to determine your financial aid eligibility.
 

4. Will I be able to finish my program?

Students who transfer to a new institution may be able to finish their hours at the new institution. Each institution will have its own requirements that are used to determine if any of your hours earned at Marinello will transfer. If you do transfer into a comparable program offered by another institution, that institution will evaluate your Marinello course work and will decide whether all of your completed hours will be accepted at the new institution and what remaining hours you will need to complete.
 

5. Where can I get assistance?

In addition to the on-campus meetings that Marinello officials hosted for students the week of Feb. 7, 2016, ED is making plans to host information sessions at various locations in proximity to the 56 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.

You may also call ED's School Eligibility Service Group team at (202) 377-3173 or e-mail your inquiry to caseteams@ed.gov.
 

6. Where can I get information about the status of my school or the location of my transcript and academic records?

You can access transcripts and student records through the appropriate state licensing agency for your school.
 

7. Where can I find information about the federal student aid I’ve received and how much more I might be eligible to receive?

For information about your federal student aid history and your remaining eligibility for certain federal student aid programs, please visit My Federal Student Aid.

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 access your loan history.
 

8. Am I eligible for relief through a State Tuition Recovery Fund?

The availability of such a fund and the requirements of each state are different. View the State Tuition Recovery Fund information for your state.
 

9. If I am repaying a private loan or tuition assistance from Marinello, should I continue to repay those debts?

If you are in repayment of private loans or tuition assistance from Marinello, you should contact your loan holder or Marinello directly for information regarding repayment.
 

10. Do I have the option for a closed school loan discharge?

Yes, you may be eligible for a closed school loan discharge if you meet the applicable eligibility criteria.

View the eligibility criteria and key questions and answers about closed school loan discharges.

You also may be eligible for a closed school loan discharge in special circumstances, such as if you received a degree or certificate but didn’t complete your instruction or transferred but pursued a different program of study. Get information about how these special circumstances may impact your eligibility for a closed school loan discharge.

You may submit this application for a closed school loan discharge to your loan servicer.

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).

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.

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.
 

11. Am I eligible to file a borrower defense claim?

If you believe your school committed fraud by doing something or failing to do something, or otherwise violated applicable state law related to your loans or the educational services you paid for, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness (a discharge) of the federal Direct Loans you took out to attend a school. We have posted information about loan discharges based on borrower defense (including information about how to apply for loan relief on this basis) at StudentAid.gov/borrower-defense.

ED will review and consider any claims that are made for debt relief. It is too early in the process to know the outcomes of such claims.

Note: In June 2015, ED announced the appointment of a Special Master to develop a fair and efficient process to aid students who are seeking debt relief of their federal Direct Loans because they believe they were defrauded by institutions of higher education. ED will brief the Special Master about the Marinello case and give him full access to any information he may determine is relevant to his responsibilities.

As stated above, if you transfer and apply your credits to a similar program at another institution, you cannot request closed-school debt relief. However, if you believe you have a claim, such as fraud, against your school under state law, you may still pursue debt relief based on borrower defense to repayment, even if you transfer your credits to another school.

If you have questions about borrower defense, you may call our borrower defense hotline at 1-855-279-6207. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern time.
 

12. How can I get my 1098-T form to complete my taxes?

If you have not received your 1098-T form, visit IRS.gov for information.