Kentucky joined the effort of several states voicing the need to help students who were victimized by the now closed Corinthian Colleges for-profit school, state Attorney General Jack Conway said on Tuesday.
Conway joined 11 state attorneys general in writing a letter to the U.S. Department of Education to cancel federal student loans for those students who were in enrolled in schools that allegedly broke the law, like Corinthian.
“The Department of Education must recognize the serious threat some for-profit colleges pose to students and work toward protecting students against future harm,” Conway said.
The letter was sent to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Ducan and Joseph Smith, who was recently appointed Special Master. Smith is reviewing the debts of students who went to Corinthian and establishing state law discharge procedures.
The letter written by the attorneys general asks that those involved in the letter be included on the whole process, and makes other recommendations to the department.
“The state Attorneys General are experts in the state trade practices laws that must be applied in considering state law based defenses to repayment, and many of our offices have investigated and developed evidence of unlawful acts perpetrated by schools against students in our states,” the letter said.