Birmingham-Southern College closing May 31 as loan bill fails to gain support: ‘This is a tragic day’

After a long fight for a loan from the Alabama legislature, Birmingham-Southern College announced Tuesday that it will close its doors on May 31.

Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham, represents the Bush Hills area near the college and, for more than a year now, has worked on legislation to help give the school a lifeline. She told Tuesday morning that it was unlikely that a revised loan bill will pass through the House when lawmakers come back from spring break next week.

The private liberal arts college announced last winter that it would need support from the state to stay open.

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