Legal Help For Student Veterans of Corinthian Colleges

Last month, Corinthian Colleges announced it will shut down all of its remaining 28 campuses, displacing about 16,000 students—including hundreds of student veterans.

It’s an understatement to say that we’re disappointed to learn these former service members will have to abruptly end their studies, unable to continue their education due to Corinthian Colleges permanently shutting down its doors.

Moving forward, however, here are some informational resources that may be of use:

For veterans who were using the GI Bill at Corinthian Colleges:

  • I was using GI Bill benefits. Will I be responsible for paying any money back? No debts will be created against students because of the school closure. You will only have to repay benefits if you dropped one or more classes prior to the date on which the school closed.
  • What happens to the entitlement I used at this school? Unfortunately, there are no provisions in the law that would allow the VA to restore an entitlement that has been used attending one of the schools.

If you have other questions regarding the GI Bill, please contact the GI Bill Help Line: 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551). Call Monday-Friday between 7:00AM to 7:00PM (Central Time) or visit here for online assistance.

For student veterans with federal or private loans or in need of credit transfer assistance:

Our partners at Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) are offering clinics to assist students who attended the now-closed Corinthian Colleges, including Heald, WyoTech, Bryman, and Everest College. Attorneys and advocates from BayLegal, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates, and the East Bay Community Law Center have been working together to provide information to former students about their legal rights in relation to both federal and private loans taken out to attend these institutions.

To find upcoming clinics throughout the Bay Area, with dates through June and July:

To attend one of these workshops please RSVP by calling 510-548-4064.

If you cannot attend one of these workshops but still need help, please call Bay Legal’s help line at 800-551-5554 for legal advice or to schedule an appointment.