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Information for Former Corinthian Colleges Students

INTERACTIVE TOOL FOR STUDENTS AFFECTED BY THE CORINTHIAN COLLEGES CLOSURES

To help former Corinthian students learn about their eligibility for student loan relief and their legal rights and how to protect them, the Attorney General has created the following online tool. Corinthian students can use the tool to learn about their rights, how to apply for relief, and how to connect to local people and organizations that can help.

Transferring academic credits may affect your eligibility for relief.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

On March 25, 2016, the Department of Education released a streamlined form that certain former WyoTech and Everest students may use to apply for a discharge based on defense to repayment. A streamlined form for former Heald students was previously released in 2015. See “Borrower Defense” section for more information.

On March 23, 2016, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a $1.1 billion judgment against defunct Corinthian Colleges, Inc. for their predatory and unlawful practices.

On November 17, 2015, the Department of Education further expanded the pool of former Corinthian Colleges students who are eligible for streamlined relief. Certain groups of former WyoTech and Everest college students are now eligible for a streamlined defense to repayment application process to receive forgiveness of eligible federal student loans. As a result of this announcement, California students who formerly attended any California Corinthian Colleges school, including Heald, WyoTech, and Everest Colleges, are now eligible for expedited relief through a streamlined defense to repayment application for federal student loan relief.

On June 8, 2015, the Department of Education made significant announcements expanding the rights of students affected by the CCI closures. Information on this announcement can be found here:https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/corinthian. As a result of this announcement, many more students will now be eligible for relief through a closed school discharge or a defense to repayment. Certain former Heald students can use a streamlined form to assert a borrower defense to repayment.

On April 26, 2015, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. ("CCI") announced that it "substantially [ceased] all operations and discontinued instruction" at 28 Heald, Everest, and WyoTech campuses. The closure follows oversight and enforcement actions by state and federal agencies, including the California Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the California Student Aid Commission, the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, and several other state attorneys general. These agencies allege that Corinthian lied to potential students about critical facts such as job placement rates.

BORROWER DEFENSE TO REPAYMENT

The Department of Education and the Office of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris jointly investigated Corinthian Colleges and found that between 2010 and 2014, Heald, WyoTech, and Everest Colleges misrepresented job placement rates for many programs of study. Students enrolled in these programs of study during the covered time periods can apply for an expedited discharge of their federal Direct Loans through a simple attestation form.

ALL STUDENTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO VISIT THEIR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICES FOR ASSISTANCE IN DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS FOR A BORROWER DEFENSE TO REPAYMENT CLAIM. Use the “Corinthian Tool” or click on “Find Help Near You” to locate legal aid resources near you.

Former Heald Students

Check to see if your program of study and dates of enrollment are on the list: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/heald-findings.pdf

If your program of study and dates of enrollment are on the above list, submit an application for a borrower defense to repayment:

Former WyoTech and Everest Students

Check to see if your program of study and dates of enrollment are on the list: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/ev-wy-findings.pdf

If your program of study and dates of enrollment are on the above list, submit an application for a borrower defense to repayment:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS:

Press Releases

Office of the Attorney General

U.S. Department of Education

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

California Student Aid Commission

  • "Corinthian College Closures: Next Steps for Students" – On 5/4/15, the California Office of the Attorney General, California Student Aid Commission, Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, and the East Bay Community Law Center participated in a webcast to provide information and resources for former Corinthian students. Please note that this webcast does not include information on expanded relief options available for former Corinthian students as a result of the June 8, 2015 announcement from the Department of Education.

Sample Cover Letter/Forbearance Request for Closed School Discharge Applications

National Consumer Law Center's Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project


2007 People v. Corinthian Schools Settlement

On July 31, 2007, our office announced a settlement in the People v. Corinthian Schools case.  This settlement provided restitution to certain graduates of Bryman College, Everest College, and the National Institute of Technology who completed their programs in California between January 1, 2003, and June 29, 2007.  If you believe you may be eligible for restitution, please contact Gilardi and Co. at (877) 217-0340 or classact@gilardi.com and include the case name in the subject line.  If possible, include the following information in your email: (1) the campus at which you studied; (2) the program you studied; (3) the date you completed the program; (4) and whether you obtained full-time employment in the field for which you trained.

For more information about the Complaint and Judgment in that case, please visit our website at: http://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/brown-reaches-multi-million-settlement-corinthian-vocational-school.

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