FAQs about Corinthian Colleges (Heald, Everest, and WyoTech Campuses)
Attorney General’s Lawsuit
What is Corinthian Colleges?
Corinthian Colleges is a for-profit company offering postsecondary education through its Heald, Everest, and WyoTech schools.
Heald College has campuses in San Francisco, Concord, Hayward, San Jose/Milpitas, Salinas, Rancho Cordova, Fresno, Stockton, Modesto/Salida, and Roseville. Everest College has campuses in: San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Alhambra, Reseda, Gardena, City of Industry, Ontario, Ontario Metro, Torrance, Anaheim, and Los Angeles. WyoTech has campuses in Long Beach and Fremont. Everest Online enrolls students statewide.
Together, these schools have enrolled tens of thousands of Californians.
Why is the Attorney General suing Corinthian?
The Attorney General’s lawsuit alleges that Corinthian has violated consumer protection and securities laws. For example, Corinthian misrepresented job placement rates to students and investors, advertised for programs that it did not offer, and subjected students to unlawful debt collection practices. The Attorney General filed the lawsuit in October 2013, and the case is still in progress. To learn more about the complaint, you can visit the Attorney General’s Press Release. To download a copy of the most recent complaint, you can visit First Amended Complaint.
What is the latest update on the Attorney General’s lawsuit against Corinthian?
The Attorney General's Office is in the process of obtaining additional documents from Corinthian and taking testimony of Corinthian employees and other witnesses.
In addition, on June 27, 2014, the Attorney General filed a supplemental complaint that added several allegations and asked a court to force Corinthian to tell the truth to students it was attempting to enroll. Corinthian continues to enroll new students at schools that it plans to close or sell, and fails to inform new students of those existing plans. The Attorney General alleges that these omissions violate false advertising and unfair competition laws. To learn more about these allegations, you can visit the Attorney General’s Press Release.
I heard that Corinthian plans to sell most of its campuses to Education Credit Management Corporation. How does that affect the lawsuit?
It doesn’t. The Attorney General is committed to holding Corinthian Colleges accountable for its unlawful behavior, including the fraudulent misrepresentations it made to California students.
I heard that Cal Grants are being suspended at Heald. Where can I find more information about how this might impact me?
The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) administers the Cal Grant program. CSAC has set up a hotline to assist students at (888) 224-7268. CSAC’s website is located here: http://www.csac.ca.gov/
I’m a current or former Heald, Everest, or WyoTech student. Will I be eligible for a refund?
At this stage, we can’t tell what, if any, relief will be provided to students. The Attorney General’s lawsuit is still pending, and it’s difficult to estimate when the case will be resolved.
Do I have an individual claim against Corinthian Colleges?
Our office can’t give you legal advice or represent you. If you believe that you might have a claim against Corinthian Colleges, you might consider contacting an attorney to explore your options. 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 its website at: http://www.calbar.ca.gov. If you can’t afford to pay an attorney, you may consider contacting your local legal aid office. For a referral, visit http://www.lsc.gov and click on the Find Legal Assistance tab, or go to http://lawhelpca.org.
I have questions about whether I’m entitled to restitution under the 2007 settlement with Corinthian. Who can I contact?
If you believe that you might have been eligible for a payment under the 2007 settlement with Corinthian, please contact Gilardi and Co. at (877) 217-0340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Consumer Complaints to the Attorney General.
Sale or Closure
I’m a current student at an Everest, Heald, or WyoTech campus in California. I heard that Corinthian plans to sell most of its campuses to Education Credit Management Corporation. How does that affect me?
The agreement between Corinthian and Education Credit Management Corporation does not affect any of the campuses in California. For more information about the agreement, you can visit: U.S. Department of Education.
I want to learn more about how the sales and closures will affect me. Where can I go?
The effect of the sale or closure depends on your individual circumstances. To explore how a sale or closure might affect you, you can use this interactive tool.
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