Parents seeking refunds after beauty school goes out of business

BALTIMORE — For the last 50 years, Robert Paul Academy taught students about cosmetology, then it suddenly closed its doors in March. However, there’s some unfinished business. Students are still waiting on refunds.

Reduced enrollment and COVID-19 mandates impacted the school financially and Robert Paul Academy couldn’t continue operating.

Students were notified on February 3 that the school would officially close on March 15. Several months later, parents tell WMAR-2 News they’re still waiting on tuition refunds.

One parent said they paid $2,625 and her daughter was only in class for three weeks then the school abruptly shut down. Her daughter didn’t want to be transferred to the other recommended schools, instead they wanted a refund.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) oversees the state’s public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. According to a Commission spokeswoman, the family is eligible for a refund,…

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