Monday, 15 July 2024

Veteran students attending Corinthian Colleges should continue receiving GI Bill housing allowance

SACRAMENTO – Veteran students enrolled in schools owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc. (CCI) should continue to receive their GI Bill housing allowance for another term, thanks to an agreement reached between CCI and the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE), a unit of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet).

The agreement precludes CCI from charging tuition and fees for GI Bill-eligible students for upcoming enrollment periods at Everest, Heald, and Wyotech colleges in California.

It also allows students additional time to consider other schools while CCI addresses CSAAVE’s concerns.

The combination of the concession by CCI and the modified action by CSAAVE agreed to today, ensures that the approximately 1,200 GI Bill students at California CCI schools face no impact while continuing their training, while also preserving their tax-supported veterans benefit.

“CalVet is working to mitigate the negative impact on our veterans, while still holding CCI accountable,” said Keith Boylan, CalVet deputy secretary for Veterans Services. “The modified suspension gives our Veterans attending CCI schools additional time to make informed decisions regarding their educational path.”

The suspension of enrolling any new GI Bill students remains in effect, and CCI still needs to demonstrate their ability to comply with the requirements of the suspension.

If CCI does not meet the terms of the suspension letters by Aug. 23, 2014, then CSAAVE will have no choice but to withdraw approval of CCI schools.

In California, CSAAVE continues working for veterans and closely monitoring CCI, as their financial difficulties escalated, to assess their situation and ensure that no veteran loses GI Bill benefits due to a sudden closure of any CCI campus.

The original CCI suspension was critical as veteran’s education benefits are finite and generally limited to 36 full-time months.

Prior to the suspension, CCI schools could bill as far as one year ahead, meaning any immediate closure could result in veterans using GI Bill benefits losing as much as one-third of all their education funds.

For more information about schools affected by this suspension and options available to students, go to https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/FAQ-GI-Bill-Schools-Closures.aspx .

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