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Corinthian Colleges - Information on Everest, Heald and WyoTech Locations

Corinthian Colleges: Information on Everest, Heald, and WyoTech Locations

On April 27, 2015, Corinthian Colleges announced that effective immediately, they were ceasing operations and instruction at their remaining 30 locations—including two satellite campuses—across the country. As a result, these schools have lost their eligibility to receive federal student aid funds.

General Information for Students Impacted by the April 27 Closure of the Remaining Corinthian College Locations 
General Information for Students at Schools That Have Been Sold to Zenith
General Information for Students at Schools That Are Being Taught Out by Zenith
Get Your Questions Answered
History of Corinthian Colleges’ Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education


General Information for Students Impacted by the April 27 Closure of the Remaining Corinthian College Locations

On April 27, 2015, Corinthian Colleges announced that they were ceasing operations and instruction at their remaining 30 locations across the country. Students impacted by this closure may have the option of applying for a closed school loan discharge or transferring their earned credits to another institution and continuing their education.

If you were impacted by the closure of Corinthian Colleges and want to apply for a closed school loan discharge, you must:

  • Contact your loan servicer about the application process for getting your loan discharged.
  • Complete and return the Closed School Loan Discharge Application sent to you by your servicer. (Optional: You may complete this Closed School Loan Discharge Application and return it to your loan servicer.)

NOTE: All completed Closed School Loan Discharge Applications must be sent to your requisite loan servicer. To find out who your loan servicer is, log in to My Federal Student Aid or call 1-800-4-FED-AID. Read our overview of the closed school loan discharge process for more information. 

Corinthian will be held responsible for any return of federal student aid funds which were due to students and had been received, but not earned, prior to closure. The Department will work with Corinthian officials to make sure unearned student Pell and loan funds are restored for future eligibility.

The Department is also diligently working with Corinthian to process student records from the 30 affected schools as soon as possible so that transfer schools can start accessing the students’ remaining federal student aid eligibility. 

Students from the 30 locations across the five states directly impacted by this closure may also be eligible for State Tuition Recovery Fund refunds. For more information on eligibility and the process for filing a state claim against a closed school for loss of tuition, see our frequently asked questions page.

View the list of schools that were impacted by the closure notice. We are also providing information about comparable programs of study which may serve as potential transfer options for students enrolled at each of the 30 campuses. The Department has not confirmed that the institutions listed will accept Corinthian credits as part of any transfer. Students interested in any of the programs of study listed should contact the institution to determine next steps. You may also wish to view the list of schools that were on a Heightened Cash Monitoring (HCM) payment method as of March 1, 2015, while making a decision about selecting a school to attend. Additional information regarding that process can also be found on the HCM Web page

Additional information, including an update on the location of student records for students enrolled at each of the 30 locations, can be found on the Corinthian Colleges website.  

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General Information for Students at Schools That Have Been Sold to Zenith

This change in ownership has no immediate impact on students’ ability to continue their studies in their program at the impacted schools. Zenith officials will be meeting with students to discuss changes and other program options immediately. For more information, view the Zenith Education Group press release and the Department of Education's announcement of the sale

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General Information for Students at Schools That Are Being Taught Out by Zenith

Students enrolled at schools that are being taught out will work with school officials to make an informed choice regarding their options. For general information about teach-out provisions, please see the applicable section on our frequently asked questions page.

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Get Your Questions Answered

If you are enrolled in one of these schools, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions to assist you.

We will continue to post more information here on StudentAid.gov as soon as it becomes available.

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History of Corinthian Colleges’ Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education

On July 3, 2014, Corinthian Colleges, the parent company of the Everest Institute, Everest and Heald Colleges, and WyoTech Technical Schools, reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education on a transition plan to protect and address the needs of its affected students by providing an opportunity for students to complete their course of study or in some instances to receive a refund of tuition and other charges paid by students. The agreement took effect July 8, 2014. The agreement outlines a plan to help enrolled students continue their studies with minimal disruption.

On Nov. 20, 2014, Zenith Education Group, ECMC’s newly-formed nonprofit education entity, announced that it planned to purchase more than 50 Everest and WyoTech campuses. For more information on the acquisition proposal from November 2014, review the U.S. Department of Education's press release.

On Feb. 3, 2015, Zenith Education Group announced that it had finalized its acquisition of more than 50 Everest and WyoTech campuses from Corinthian Colleges, Inc., and subsequently transitioned them from for-profit to nonprofit status. In addition, Zenith will be teaching out 12 of Corinthian College’s other locations. View the lists of schools that Zenith purchased and will continue to operate and schools whose programs of study are being taught out

For more information on Zenith's acquisition of Everest and Wyotech locations, view the Zenith Education Group press release, the Department of Education's announcement, the list of conduct provisions under which Zenith will operate, and copies of Zenith's temporary Program Participation Agreements.

On April 14, 2015, the Department of Education announced that following a comprehensive review, it had confirmed hundreds of cases of misrepresentation of job placement rates to current and prospective students in Corinthian Colleges’ Heald College system and informed the company of its intentions to impose a $30 million fine for misleading consumers. In addition, it notified Corinthian of its intentions to deny the recertification applications of Heald College’s Salinas and Stockton (CA) campuses. The announcement effectively halted enrollment across Heald’s 14 existing campuses. 

For more information about the Department's intent to fine Heald Colleges, review the Department's press release and the Department's intent to fine notice

On April 27, 2015, Corinthian Colleges announced that effective immediately, they were ceasing operations and instruction at their remaining 30 locations—including two satellite campuses—across the country. As a result of this precipitous closure, all remaining Everest, Heald, and Wyotech locations under the Corinthian brand have lost their eligibility to receive federal student aid funds from the Department. Students impacted by this closure may have the option of applying for a closed school loan discharge or transferring their earned credits to another institution and continuing their education. While officials at each of the impacted Corinthian schools are required to immediately contact students to inform them of their options, the Department will also be directly contacting via e-mail currently or recently enrolled students to inform them of Corinthian’s loss of federal student aid eligibility and the options available to them.  

On May 4, 2015, Corinthian Colleges filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

If you are enrolled in one of the affected schools, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions to assist you.

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