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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Releases Debt Relief Interactive Tool For Corinthian Colleges Students

Friday, June 12, 2015
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released an enhanced interactive tool to help former Corinthian Colleges, Inc. students  learn about new expanded loan relief options granted to students by the U.S. Department of Education. As a result of the Department’s announcement, a large majority of former California Heald College students are now eligible for a streamlined process for loan forgiveness, with an estimated $500-$600 million worth of loans made to approximately 40,000 former Heald students since 2010. 

Corinthian students should utilize the interactive tool created by the Attorney General’s office to learn more about their new relief eligibility and to connect with free resources near them. 

Students will be prompted to answer a short series of questions, which will result in a personalized resource sheet that can be downloaded or emailed for future reference. The personal resource sheet will provide students with information about types of relief they may be eligible for, information on free local legal aid organizations that may provide advice and assistance in applying for relief, and can optionally provide information on cost-effective educational opportunities near them.   

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced expanded debt relief options for Corinthian students, which will result in many more students being eligible for relief. Specifically, the Department expanded eligibility for students to apply for a closed school discharge, extending the eligibility window back to June 20, 2014 for students who withdrew from a Corinthian College. With the recent closure of all of Corinthian’s California campuses, students in the state will greatly benefit from the Department of Education’s expanded relief effort.  Additionally, the Department announced a streamlined process for many former Heald students to apply for relief through a borrower defense to repayment.   Ten of the thirteen former Heald Colleges were located in California.

The Department of Education’s announcement comes after continuous calls from Attorney General Harris for substantive relief for students suffering from crippling debt.

In May, Attorney General Harris sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, asking the Department to exercise its authority under closed school discharge regulations to provide aid to students affected by Corinthian’s predatory practices.   

In April, Attorney General Harris and eight other state Attorneys General also sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education urging immediate debt relief for the students who attended Heald College and other CCI campuses. 

Attorney General Harris filed a complaint in 2013 alleging that CCI misrepresented job placement rates and school programs and intentionally targeted low-income, vulnerable Californians through persistent internet, telemarketing and television ad campaigns. In addition, the complaint alleges that Corinthian executives knowingly misrepresented job placement rates to investors and accrediting agencies, harming students, investors and taxpayers.

Students can access the interactive tool here: http://oag.ca.gov/corinthiantool

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