The Art Institute of Seattle will close today for financial reasons.  The sudden news has come as a shock to students – including international students – who are now left without classes and perhaps their degrees.

About 650 students were told of the closure on Wednesday, giving them just 48 hours notice.

International students could be forced to leave the US.

Art Institute of Seattle teacher Ben Kerns said:

If they lose their school they lose their visas and they either have to fly home or find another school.

One international student was so stressed about the closure that he went to a nearby hospital emergency room.

Nearby film school offers a lifeline

A nearby film school – the Seattle Film Institute – has offered to take in some of the affected students.

President David Schulman said:

If any student is within 20 credits of graduation we are adding a quarter start to our schedule so they can start April 1.

Unfortunately it may not be a solution for all students.

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