Savannah, Ga (WTGS Fox 28) -- People were shocked when they learned about Virginia College's nationwide shutdown.
Staff and students at the school's Savannah campus said they got a mass email at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“I checked my email and I had this letter from Stu Reed saying that the school was going to be closing down sometime at the end of this month,” said Stephany Ross, a student at Virginia College.
According to the email Ross showed us, it says, "The Department of Education added requirements that made operating our schools more challenging."
It goes on to say: "In addition, last night ACICS suspended the school's accreditation," and concludes: "Your campus will close this month."
Ross said she went to Virginia College to become a medical assistant. “I thought coming back for my associate's degree was going to get me a lot further in my career that I want, but then it all got ripped out in front of me."
She said she's invested thousands of dollars into her education at the school.
“I’m about $30,000 in debt," said Ross.
Those who are graduating this month will still graduate.
Soon-to-be grad Akua Agyemang said this is not how she planned to leave.
“The thing about the school is they’re supposed to help you find a job and they fired everyone who does that job," said Agyemang.
We reached out to Virginia College's national and local offices. Neither of them returned our calls.