There is no end in sight to the bureaucratic mess in which California students who attended predatory for-profit colleges find themselves entangled.
This week, the U.S. Education Department will announce it plans to halt and rewrite rules the Obama administration had created to hold the colleges accountable and help students who were defrauded by schools like Corinthian Colleges get rid of the student loans they took out to pay for what turned out, in many cases, to be a dismal education.
The announcement is the latest blow for students across the country who were reeled in by fraudulent for-profit schools promising opportunities and good jobs but rarely delivering. Most Corinthian schools, including the Heald, Wyotech and Everest campuses, operated in California and thousands of local students have been affected by the Santa Ana-based chain’s 2015 collapse.
Christina Enriquez, 48, didn’t realize how much she was signing away when she put her name on a $25,000 loan for her daughter, Melissa, to study medical coding at Heald College in Salinas. The school “never helped her go out there and actually get the job” as they promised, she said. Enriquez is making payments on the loan but one lost job and an expensive medical procedure later, she still owes around $15,000 and the loan feels like a permanent cloud. “This bill just never goes away and I don’t think it ever will,” said Enriquez, who now works at Walmart.
Christina Enriquez said she even declined a marriage proposal because she was afraid the loan would damage her boyfriend’s good credit. “It stopped me from getting married,” she said. “I…
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