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Calif. AG announces new debt relief tool for former Corinthian College students

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 17, 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday her office had released an interactive tool to help former students at Corinthian Colleges receive loan relief. | California Attorney General

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Students who attended the now-closed Corinthian College in California can use an interactive tool, California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently announced, to help them learn about loan relief options.

The relief options were granted by the U.S. Department of Education, and the new tool will mean a large majority of students who went to Corinthian's California Heald College will be eligible for a streamlined loan forgiveness process.

About 40,000 former Heald students received loans worth an estimated $500 to $600 million since 2010 could be eligible, Harris said.

After students answer a series of questions they will receive a personalized resource sheet that can be downloaded or emailed. The sheet provides information to the students about different types of loan relief that they could qualify for, information on free legal aid organizations and other information about “cost-effective” education resources near them.

Last week, the Department of Education expanded the debt relief options for former students at Corinthian. The department extended the window to June 20, 2015 for students who withdrew from a Corinthian College.

The move is in response to a letter sent by Harris and eight other state attorneys general calling for immediate debt relief for students who went to Corinthian Colleges.

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