Closure Of Mt. Ida College In Newton Sends Students Scrambling

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(Bernice Corpuz/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

NEWTON (WBZ-AM) -- Students at Mount Ida College are scrambling to figure out what to do about their academic future after the college suddenly announced its closure Friday.

UMass Dartmouth is acquiring the Newton liberal arts college, and is offering current Mt. Ida students in good standing a spot in the University--but for some students, that option is not possible.

Many students met with the chancellor of UMass Dartmouth on Mt. Ida's campus.

Student Gabriella Rosario, a freshman majoring in dental hygeine, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz she attended the meeting and was very angry.

"Everybody was very angry," she said. "No questions were honestly answered."

Her tuition was $52,000 for one year.

"I feel like I wasted my time," Rosario said. "I put my heart and soul into classes that won't even transfer."

In addition, Mt. Ida offered scholarships to some students who applied for fall 2018--now, those current high school students are scrambling to find another college to attend.

Jacob Solomita and Jazlyn Rivera, two seniors at Newton South High School, both received letters from Mt. Ida with offers of scholarship.

"I got accepted with a scholarship to the marketing program," said Solomita. "I was very excited. They offered me $18,000."

"I liked the small setting," said Rivera.

But on Friday, they found out their dream of going to college together so close to home is not going to happen.

"I'm not going to lie, I was really mad," said Rivera. "It's really not fair. I got a really nice scholarship for it, nice payments going, and now I can't do that."

"I'm freaking out a little bit," said Solomita. "I mean, as a senior, this is all really last minute. It's not great what's going on, so I'm just trying to figure it all out."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz reports

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