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Students: Harrison College is closing

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC21) - School is out at Harrison College -- for good, as an email obtained by ABC21 confirms the closure of the longtime for-profit institution.

ABC21 has reached out to Harrison College for comment. Calls and emails were not immediately returned. 

Students tell ABC21 their professors were kind enough to tell them that classes will not be resuming. 

The University of Saint Francis also announced Friday that it is offering scholarship funds to Harrison College students through “The Franciscan Harrison Promise."

That scholarship will offer displaced Harrison College students $10,000 toward tuition. 

“We were saddened to hear of the closing of Harrison College,” said USF President Sister Elise Kriss.

“We understand how difficult this time must be for faculty, staff and students of Harrison, and this is one way we are able to assist. We hope the University of Saint Francis can help these students continue their higher education and this scholarship will make the transition as seamless as possible.”

Harrison College deleted its social media accounts, but as of 4:30 p.m. Friday, its website appeared normal. 

ABC21 has obtained an email sent by administrators to staff and faculty.

In it, Chairman of the Board Craig F. Pfannenstiehl says: "Due to the continuing decline of student enrollment and financial pressures, Harrison College has made the business decision to close operations effective Sunday, September 16, 2018, and for the The (sic) Chef's Academy Sunday, October 14, 2018 (the end of their current term)."

The email adds that the school is "working with transfer and teach-out partners" to assist students.

In addition to Fort Wayne, Harrison has operated campuses in Anderson, Columbus, Evansville, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Ind. The school was founded in 1902 as Indiana Business College.

It was headquartered in Indianapolis.

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