Nine State Attorneys General Call on Education Dept. to Relieve Corinthian Debt

A group of nine state attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Education Department on Thursday urging the agency to "immediately relieve" the debt of students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

The attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Washington argue that that students should not be held responsible for deceptive practices by the for-profit – documented in lawsuits brought by several states as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The letter also asks the department to take further actions to protect students against "illegal conduct" by for-profit colleges.

In their request, the officials echo the calls of consumer advocates, Senate Democrats, and a group of activists who are on a debt strike and refuse to repay the federal loans they took out to attend Corinthian campuses, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Denise Horn, a department spokeswoman, said in a statement that "the Department shares the attorneys general's concern for the welfare of Corinthian students and we look forward to responding to their letter."


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