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Consumers CCI FAQs

Corinthian Colleges FAQ

Updated: 07/14/14

  1. Why is the Attorney General suing Corinthian Colleges?

    The Attorney General’s lawsuit alleges that Corinthian Colleges has violated consumer protection and securities laws.

  2. I am a current or former Heald, Everest, or Wyotech student. Will I be eligible for compensation?

    At this early stage, we cannot tell what, if any, relief will be provided to students. The Attorney General’s lawsuit is still pending, and it is difficult to estimate when the case will be resolved.

  3. I am a current student at Heald, Everest, or Wyotech. Is my school closing?

    The filing of the Attorney General’s lawsuit does not immediately affect Heald, Everest, or Wyotech's current accreditation or ability to operate. At this early stage, we cannot tell how the case will conclude. Students with questions about their current enrollment at Heald, Everest, or Wyotech should contact their institution. Students with questions about other colleges or vocational schools may refer to Questions 8 and 9, below.

  4. What options are available to students who have taken out loans while at Heald, Everest, or Wyotech as a result of the Attorney General’s lawsuit?

    The filing of the Attorney General’s lawsuit does not affect the validity of any student loan. More information on student loans and other forms of financial aid, including managing the repayment of your loans, choosing a repayment plan, applying for a forbearance, cancellation, or discharge, or returning a recently obtained loan, is available from the US Department of Education at http://studentaid.ed.gov/ or 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243), from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at www.consumerfinance.gov/students/, and from the California Student Aid Commission at http://www.csac.ca.gov/.

    Our office cannot give you individual legal advice regarding your student loans, or represent you. For referral to a lawyer, you may contact the State Bar at (866) 442-2529 (toll-free in California) or (415) 538-2250 (from outside California), or through their website at: http://www.calbar.ca.gov. If you cannot afford to pay an attorney, you may consider contacting your local legal aid office. For a referral, visit www.lsc.gov and click on the Find Legal Assistance tab, or go to http://lawhelpca.org/. Students may also wish to consult the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project at http://www.nclc.org/special-projects/student-loan-borrower-assistance.html.

  5. Beyond the Attorney General’s lawsuit, it is important for Corinthian students to understand how the federal Department of Education’s recent agreement with Corinthian might affect students’ loan and education options. Please read FAQ #’s 12, 15, and 16 for more information.

  6. Where can I get information on how my financial aid might be affected?

    The California Student Aid Commission provides assistance to California students with questions about grants and loans they’ve received to attend colleges in the state. CSAC operates a live call center that can be reached toll-free at (888) CA GRANT (888-224-7268); more information on this service is available at http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?ID=543. Information from CSAC can also be found on their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CSAC.StudentAidCommission) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/@CAStudentAid).

    The Department of Education has promised to post up to the minute information to Corinthian students regarding their financial aid status and the availability of federal loans at: https://www.studentaid.gov.

  7. Do I have an individual claim against Corinthian?

    If you believe that you may have a claim against Corinthian, you may wish to contact an attorney to explore your options. Our office cannot give you legal advice or represent you. For referral to a lawyer, you may contact the State Bar at (866) 442-2529 (toll-free in California) or (415) 538-2250 (from outside California), or through their website at: www.calbar.ca.gov. If you cannot afford to pay an attorney, you may consider contacting your local legal aid office. For a referral, visit www.lsc.gov and click on the Find Legal Assistance tab, or go to http://lawhelpca.org.

  8. What happens to students if Corinthian schools lose accreditation? Who can I contact to seek help?

    The Attorney General’s enforcement action may result in lengthy litigation, and we cannot predict with certainty when it will be concluded and what the ultimate outcome will be. In general, schools that are closing or losing accreditation are required by their regulators and accreditors to develop a “teach-out” plan to permit existing students to complete their education at that institution, or at another institution. In addition, if a school closes, students with certain federal loans may be able to get relief. See http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation and call Federal Student Aid (1-800-4-FED-AID) for more information.

  9. Where can I get information on choosing a college or vocational school?

    Choosing whether and where to go to school, and what to study, is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Information on your options is available from a number of sources, including the US Department of Education at http://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/choosing-schools, California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at http://www.bppe.ca.gov/students/school.shtml, and the California Colleges web site at https://secure.californiacolleges.edu/home/about-us.asp

  10. Can I transfer my credits to another school?

    Transfer credit policies vary from school to school. If you have questions regarding whether specific credits will transfer, or whether they will count toward specific degree or program requirements, then you should contact the school to which you are seeking to transfer the credits.

    To inquire about attending and transferring credits to a community college, see http://www.cccco.edu/ (click on the “Find a Community College” tool). To learn about attending and transferring credits to a California State University campus, see http://www.calstate.edu/. To learn about attending and transferring credits to a University of California campus, see http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

    It’s also important to understand that transferring credit from Corinthian to another school could, under some circumstances, make you ineligible for a “closed school discharge” of your federal student loans if your Corinthian school closes. The rules regarding closed school discharges can be complex. For more information go to https://www.studentaid.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school. Please read FAQ # 18 for more information.

  11. I have questions about whether I am entitled to restitution under the 2007 settlement with Corinthian, who can I contact?

    If you believe that you may have been eligible for a settlement payment under the 2007 settlement with Corinthian, please contact Gilardi and Co. at (877) 217-0340 or email classact@gilardi.com and include the case name in the subject line. If you have other questions or concerns about the 2007 Corinthian settlement you can contact our office at http://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company

  12. What is the latest update on the Attorney General’s lawsuit against Corinthian Colleges?

    The Attorney General is in the process of obtaining additional information and documents from Corinthian, and she is taking testimony of Corinthian employees and other witnesses. In addition, on June 27, 2014, the Attorney General filed a supplemental complaint that adds additional allegations to supplement her February 14, 2014 amended complaint against Corinthian.

    The supplemental complaint alleges that Corinthian is currently violating false advertising and unfair competition laws by failing to inform students about its financial situation and its agreement with the federal Department of Education to sell or close all of its schools. To learn more about these allegations, see http://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-seeks-immediate-halt-corinthian-colleges%E2%80%99-false.

  13. What is the latest update on the federal Department of Education’s financial oversight of Corinthian Colleges?

    On July 3, 2014, Corinthian Colleges, which operates Everest, Heald and Wyotech schools, reached an agreement with the US Department of Education. The agreement requires Corinthian to close or attempt to sell all of its schools, to provide disclosures to students, to provide refunds under some circumstances, and to take a series of other actions. To learn more about the Department of Education’s actions, go to http://www.ed.gov/category/keyword/corinthian-colleges-0. To learn more about the agreement and how it affects students, go to https://www.studentaid.gov/about/announcements/corinthian.

  14. My school informed me that they have arranged a “teach-out” plan with another school. What is a teach-out plan?

    A teach-out plan is a school’s plan for allowing current students to complete their programs of study, even if the school closes. A teach-out may plan involve students completing their studies at another school.. Under its agreement with the Department of Education, Corinthian is required to prepare teach-out plans in place for all of its Heald, Everest, and Wyotech schools, including those that are being put up for sale. To learn more about your Corinthian campus’ teach-out plan, see https://www.studentaid.gov/about/announcements/corinthian.

  15. My school informed me that they are planning to sell my school, what does this mean?

    Corinthian is required by its agreement with the Department of Education to close or attempt to sell its schools. You will likely be able to continue attending your school while it is being offered for sale. If the school is sold the new owner may make changes to the school and its programs. If the school is not sold it may be closed. To learn more, see https://www.studentaid.gov/about/announcements/corinthian.

  16. Am I eligible for a refund of my federal student loans if my Corinthian College campus closes?

    It depends on your individual situation, including whether or not you choose to complete your program through a “teach-out.”

    If you do not accept a “teach-out” you may be able to seek a refund or other relief from Corinthian under its agreement with the US Department of Education. For more information about your rights under the agreement go to http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-accepts-operating-plan-corinthian-colleges-inc.

    You may also be able to obtain a “closed school discharge” or other assistance from their federal student loans directly from the US Department of Education. The rules regarding closed school discharges can be complex. For example, transferring Corinthian units to another school may make you ineligible for a discharge, and discharges are generally limited to students who were attending the school when it closed, or within 120 days of that date. For information regarding closed school discharges of federal student loans go to https://www.studentaid.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school.

  17. Am I eligible for a refund of my federal student loans if my Corinthian College campus is sold?

    The agreement between Corinthian and the Department of Education does not currently provide for refunds to students who are attending a school that is listed for sale. Those students would become eligible for relief if the school is closed rather than being sold. Additional information is available at http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-accepts-operating-plan-corinthian-colleges-inc.

  18. If my school closes, could transferring credits to another school affect my ability to discharge my loans?

    The rules regarding closed school discharges are complex, and transferring credits or hours to another school can sometimes make a student ineligible for a discharge. Closed school discharges are also generally limited to students who did not complete their course of study, and who were enrolled at the school at the time that the school closed, or within 120 days of that date. For more information on these and other requirements go to https://www.studentaid.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school.

    Our office cannot give you individual legal advice regarding your student loans, or represent you. For referral to a lawyer, you may contact the State Bar at (866) 442-2529 (toll-free in California) or (415) 538-2250 (from outside California), or through their website at: http://www.calbar.ca.gov. If you cannot afford to pay an attorney, you may consider contacting your local legal aid office. For a referral, visit www.lsc.gov and click on the Find Legal Assistance tab, or go to http://lawhelpca.org/. Students may also wish to consult the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project at http://www.nclc.org/special-projects/student-loan-borrower-assistance.html.

  19. I want to continue my education at another institution because of the closure or teach-out of my Corinthian campus. Will this affect my eligibility for a closed school discharge of my federal student loans?

    You should make an informed decision about transferring to another institution that takes into account your personal circumstances, including your academic progress to date, your educational goals, your existing loan debt, and your overall financial situation.

    The rules regarding closed school discharges of federal loans can be complex. For example, transferring Corinthian units to another school can, depending on the circumstances, make you ineligible for a discharge. For information regarding closed school discharges of federal student loans go to https://www.studentaid.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school. You should also consider whether your circumstances might also entitle you to a refund or other relief from Corinthian under its agreement with the US Department of Education. For more information about your rights under the agreement go to http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-accepts-operating-plan-corinthian-colleges-inc.

    Our office cannot give you individual legal advice regarding your student loans, or represent you. For referral to a lawyer, you may contact the State Bar at (866) 442-2529 (toll-free in California) or (415) 538-2250 (from outside California), or through their website at: www.calbar.ca.gov. If you cannot afford to pay an attorney, you may consider contacting your local legal aid office. For a referral, visit www.lsc.gov and click on the Find Legal Assistance tab, or go to http://lawhelpca.org.

  20. I am a Corinthian College student and I have nonfederal loans through private lenders. Are those loans eligible for discharge if my campus closes or is sold?

    If you have questions about a private loan you should contact your loan servicer. It may also be helpful to review the promissory note, which describes the terms of the loan.

    Our office cannot give you individual legal advice regarding your student loans, or represent you. For referral to a lawyer, you may contact the State Bar at (866) 442-2529 (toll-free in California) or (415) 538-2250 (from outside California), or through their website at: http://www.calbar.ca.gov. If you cannot afford to pay an attorney, you may consider contacting your local legal aid office. For a referral, visit www.lsc.gov and click on the Find Legal Assistance tab, or go to http://lawhelpca.org/. Students may also wish to consult the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project at http://www.nclc.org/special-projects/student-loan-borrower-assistance.html.

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