Morthland College closing after less than a decade


WEST FRANKFORT, IL — Morthland College in West Frankfort, Illinois, has announced it will not open this fall. The school was founded in 2009.

The U.S. Department of Education accused the college of illegal activity and placed limits on federal funding. A former student said her credits she earned at the school didn’t transfer, and that might happen to other students as well.

When Shannon Williams received a softball scholarship at Morthland College, she thought it was a dream come true. But, when she wanted to transfer, and that dream became a nightmare.

“It just seemed to good to be true, and it was,” said Williams. She had invested more than $12,000 in the college. She was forced to start over from scratch.

“I couldn’t even transfer English 101 to any of the three schools around here. I felt betrayed. I felt like I really wasted my time,” said Williams. Now that Morthland College is closing, other students might experience that same headache.

“I feel bad for anybody who had an encounter with the situation, because I know what it’s like when you feel like you are going somewhere and you’re taking 20 steps backward,” said Williams.

 While Williams said she didn’t have the best experience at the college, there were some things that did meet her expectations.

“As far as education goes, the education was phenomenal. The teachers were amazing —great education,” said Williams.

Williams later graduated from another university, and she now has a career she enjoys. Her advice to the students at Morthland College is to never give up.

Local 6 reached out to Morthland College for a comment —asking how many students were enrolled this past semester and if there be severance pay for the employees. We have not received a response.

West Frankfort Mayor Tom Jordan sent Local 6 a statement that reads: “The city of West Frankfort is very disappointed that Morthland College has stated that they will be closing. The college was a greatly anticipated economic engine for this small community of 8,200. The city of West Frankfort has attempted to assist the college and help them be successful.”

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