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One of largest for-profit college chains in U.S. with 3 Maryland campuses closing Friday

Photo of Brightwood College campus in Beltsville, MD which is closing its doors Friday. The school has three Maryland campuses including the one in Beltsville. Brightwood is one of the largest for-profit college chains in the U.S. (ABC7 photo)

Roughly 70 schools around the country and about 19,000 students from electricians to nurses, have now been left high and dry.

When you visit the website for Brightwood College there is no indication that there’s anything wrong, and it still offers you certificate and associate's degree programs.

However, Brightwood College, formally known as Kaplan College will abruptly close its doors Friday.

The school has three Maryland campuses – in Towson, Beltsville, and Baltimore.

Programs now left incomplete, teachers out of a job, and students worried their credits will not transfer to other schools.

One of the largest for-profit college chains in the nation has had its accreditation revoked by the U.S. Department of Education citing various unresolved academic concerns and failure to make payments.

ABC7 News has learned students can ask the education department to cancel loans when a school closes or attempt to relocate.

But typically students at for-profit schools will more than likely lose all their credits.

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