The California Attorney General has published a Frequently Asked Questions page to help inform students and the public about Corinthian Colleges and its chain of campuses.
Corinthian Colleges have shut down all of its ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, amid allegations of fraud. Six of the colleges were located in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Concord, Hayward and San Jose.
Corinthian was one of the country’s largest for-profit educational institutions. It collapsed last summer amid a cash shortage and fraud allegations.
- 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. 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 sold or closed all of its campuses. How do those events affect the lawsuit?
There is no immediate impact. The Attorney General is committed to holding Corinthian Colleges accountable for its unlawful behavior, including the fraudulent misrepresentations it made to California students.
- Do I have an individual claim against Corinthian Colleges?
Our office cannot 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 cannot 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 am 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 email@example.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 atConsumer Complaints to the Attorney General.
- I am a current or former student of one of the Corinthian Colleges (Everest, Heald, WyoTech). How does the sale or closure affect me?
The Attorney General is committed to helping victims get the relief they deserve. Current and former Corinthian students have rights under the law, including, for some, the right to get their money back.
To help students find out more about their rights and how to protect them, the Attorney General has created the following tool: https://oag.ca.gov/corinthiantool. Use the tool to learn about your rights and how to apply for relief, along with people nearby who can help you in person.