Durbin Statement On Closure Of Lincoln College

SPRINGFIELD—U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement on the closure of Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois:


“Since learning about the unfortunate closure of Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, my office has been in touch with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).  I feel for the students whose lives will be interrupted by this, but stand ready to do anything I can to ensure they are made aware of all of their options. 


“I urge IBHE and Lincoln College’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), to ensure that students are not steered to predatory, for-profit colleges to complete their education and that all efforts are made to provide them options at quality public and not-for-profit institutions that are geographically convenient. 


“In addition, I urge IBHE and HLC to provide information to students on federal closed school discharge, which is an option available to students when a school closes.”


Lincoln College, which currently enrolls approximately 700 students, will close its doors on May 7, 2022, after the current class of seniors graduate. The school cites financial difficulties and low enrollment for the decision to close.