September 29, 2016
After 50 years, beauty school giant Regency Beauty Institute closed the doors to 79 facilities nationwide, two of which were in Tolleson and Mesa. In the event that a beauty school closes, students have a few options available to them when they are deciding what they want to do next. We want to extend our sympathy and understanding to Regency students, and answer any questions we can for them.
Avalon School of Cosmetology is here to make a transfer to our school as easy and stress-free as possible for those wishing to continue their educational pursuits with us.
What is a teach-out program?
A teach-out agreement outlines the terms of a student transferring from one school to another. It generally includes a description of what price the student will be charged. In most cases, it is the same price the student was paying at their previous school. The agreement is usually required by the state or accrediting body.
What is the difference between a teach-out student and a transfer student?
Transfer students generally are evaluated to determine how many hours will be accepted from their previous institution. They also come in at the new school’s tuition rates.
Do you accept completed hours from Regency?
Yes. However, we will evaluate your skills and assess from there.
What do I need to do to transfer?
Here are the steps you should take to get back on track with your education:
1. Call or visit our campus and meet with an admissions representative.
– Bring your transcripts from Regency.
2. During your meeting, you will schedule an evaluation of your skills.
– Based on that evaluation, we will determine how many hours we can accept. Normally, we accept up to 600 hours from another institution for our cosmetology program. However, since Regency abruptly closed their doors, we will be accepting up to 100% of the hours earned at Regency for the next 60 days. This begins on 10/01/16. After that time, Regency students will have the regular transfer policy of up to 600 hours.
3. If you decide to transfer to Avalon, the next step is to complete an application. Normally, we charge an application fee. Starting on 10/01/16, we will be waiving this fee for prior Regency students for 60 days.
Is your kit the same? Will I have to buy new equipment?
In general, the tools from your previous school, including Regency, should be acceptable. Transferring students will be required to purchase a smock and apron, as they are a part of our school uniform.
Do I have to reapply for federal financial aid, or will it transfer?
Federal financial aid does not transfer. However, if you have a current FAFSA on file, the process should go quickly.
How long do I have to wait to start school again?
Our school starts every five weeks. The next start date is 10/10/16. If necessary, we may provide an extra start date for Regency students. If so, those dates would be 10/17/16 or 10/24/16.
How do I schedule a tour?
Contact our admissions office to schedule a tour.
We understand that the sudden closure of Regency Beauty Institute is confusing, hectic, and above all, stressful. To help students better understand the current state of the industry, we have answered a few common questions.
Why did this happen? Do beauty schools just up and close?
All types of schools close for various types of reasons. Most of these are financial; this is the most recent case with Regency. In some cases, enrollment numbers at schools have dropped to levels that cause extreme financial problems. In other cases, the school continues to try to adapt and find alternatives to closing; sometimes those solutions work, other times they don’t. In summary, schools can just close at any time, but there is usually a reason why.
Is Avalon at risk for closure?
We are a family run business with a four excellent schools. Some of the other schools that have recently closed have been very large, with 50 or more locations. It is difficult to manage that many schools, and it can result in challenging times. Avalon is small and able to adapt easily. We have a long history of providing excellent education that keeps students coming to Avalon.
Is this a sign that the beauty industry is struggling?
We are seeing many great employment opportunities. We believe it has been at its best so far in the last seven years.
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information on financial aid, tours, scheduling, and anything else, please contact us.