POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 3:12pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 4:44pm
JACKSONVILLE, tx — Lon Morris College will hold fall classes on campus in Jacksonville next semester.
Classes will begin on August 29, 2012.
The announcement comes amid fears the school may close its doors, after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year.
Last month, KETK learned that the college would move forward with online classes, but officials with the school say that they will now be able to offer a full core course curriculum, although no athletics will be offered.
Other programs, such as band, may be offered, depending on interest from the incoming student body.
Dawn Ragan, the chief restructuring officer of Bridgepoint Consulting, hired to review the school's finances, tells KETK that tuition will also be reduced by a third.
"Tuition last year was $13,500," said Dawn Ragan, "but this next semester it will be scaled back to $9,000."
The reduction is in lieu of widely offered discounts and unfunded scholarships of prior years.
The school will continue to offer federally funded financial aid, as well as funded scholarships. Ragan tells KETK, any unfunded scholarships will no longer be offered.
Registration for the fall semester has already begun.
They expect a good number of students for the fall semester, as many interested students have already registered. Those registered consist of both new and returning students.
Lon Morris officials are in the process of contacting these students to see what their interests are, and to let them know what courses will be offered.
Ragan says that some of the faculty will also be returning as well, based upon who is still available after the furlough earlier in the year, and what the school will be offering. Some new faculty members may be hired.
"We have a strong group of leaders who are committed to the students, and potential students, as well as to the success of Lon Morris,” said David Hubbard, Dean of Students. “They know the community and most importantly, they have relationships with our students and their families, and can provide the insight and assistance families need to help them in the decision making process."
The school is still pursuing a financial partnership with another institution.
"LMC is a survivor,” stated Hubbard. “Now, we are ready for the future. The students enrolling for the fall semester will be setting the stage. We have been educating young men and women for over 150 years and will continue to do so. It's only going to get better from here.”
Though it is not yet complete, the Lon Morris website already has information about registration and students are able to register.
The completed website will be announced soon.
For more information regarding Fall 2012 registration, please contact the Lon Morris College admissions office: email@example.com .