Consumers CCI FAQs
Corinthian Colleges FAQ
Why is the Attorney General suing Corinthian Colleges?
The Attorney General’s lawsuit alleges that Corinthian Colleges has violated consumer protection and securities laws.
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.
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.
What options are available to students who have taken out loans while at Heald, Everest, or Wyotech?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include the case name in the subject line.
You can share your questions or concerns regarding the 2007 Corinthian settlement with the Public Inquiry Unit at http://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company