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Vt. cosmetology school closes suddenly

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WILLISTON, Vt. -

Vermont College of Cosmetology student Kelli Cogger says Monday night was a typical night at school, but when they showed up Tuesday morning they were told to pack their bags and leave.

"This was really important for people. I mean closing a school with no notice... None of us had any clue. A lot of people thought it was just a joke, like April Fool's ha, ha, ha-- nobody was laughing," student Lynette Fuller said.

The Williston college is one of four licensed cosmetology schools in Vermont and the 45 students enrolled in the 11-month program received some shocking news Tuesday morning.

"One of my educators just hugged me and she said the school got shut down today. The floor is empty; there is no more Vermont College of Cosmetology. Like this is it, it's done," student Tyla Armstrong said.

"This is like a second home we are here so much," student Mindy Raymo said. "Us moms make jokes that if our kids could come we would never leave. So, as you can imagine it was awful. It was like a funeral today. All we did was cry and hug each other."

Students say they were told by administration the school was up for sale but a deal didn't go through. Officials at O'Brien's Aveda Institute say negotiations between the two cosmetology colleges were ongoing, but did not want to talk about the closure of the school or why it may have happened.

"It sucks. It sucks because I was really looking forward to graduating with all the educators and all the girls and I was excited for my teachers to be proud of me," Cogger said.

As the students and families try to figure out the future of their education, they also say there are many unanswered questions about their money. Students say they were told that the deal fell through on Friday, but still were charged tuition payments later that same day.

"And they took money out of my account on Friday. So, was it a cross? I don't know, but I'm just feeling that something is shady. So, I just am not feeling comfortable about how this all went down," said Tracie Breton, the mother of a student.

We're told that some credits may transfer to another cosmetology school if the students continue to pursue their careers and if they can afford to.

"There was a lot of passion here and I'm a little worried that I won't be able to find my passion again because of just going through this," Cogger said.

We were unable to reach the school for comment on the sudden closure.

As for a timeline moving forward, students say at this point they have no idea if and when they could transfer to another school to resume their classes.

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