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California urges U.S. to act on student loan relief requests in Corinthians case

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 5 that he has urged the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to act quickly on requests for student loan relief for students victimized by Corinthian Colleges Inc.

“While students pursued a college degree, this so-called higher education institution preyed on their aspirations and tried to steal their American Dream,” Becerra said. “Colleges, especially those that operate as for-profit institutions, must be held accountable. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos must act quickly to review and approve relief for these students. At the California Department of Justice, we will continue working to ensure that all who seek higher education can do so without worrying about unscrupulous purveyors of sham college education.”

Becerra joined 19 other attorneys general in sending a letter to DeVos, the DOE secretary. The coalition calls for the DOE to waste no time in reviewing and approving student loan forgiveness applications related to this case.

“Relieving these hard-working Americans of their fraud-induced student debt will free them to participate more fully in their local economies, or even continue their educations with reputable schools,” Becerra writes.

Joining California in the letter were the attorney generals of Illinois, Washington, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as the executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii.

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