Suspension of VA benefits at Corinthian leaves future uncertain for veterans

ROSEVILLE - Sacramento-area veterans say the educational benefits that have helped them pay for classes at schools owned by the troubled, for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges have been suspended.

That includes Heald College in Roseville.

Nick Morgan was on his way to his last midterm of the session when he learned about the VA's move to suspend the GI Bill Benefit for Corinthian schools. Now, he's not sure what's in store for his future as negotiations continue.

Heald College in Roseville is one of more than 100 campuses across the country owned by the troubled Corinthian Colleges, Inc. California's Attorney General sued Corinthian last year, accusing the company of lying to students about the value of their education. The company faces multiple state and federal investigations.

"The only thing I understood is that Corinthian is going broke, and they did some bad things with paperwork with their finances," Morgan said.

Morgan has been studying information technology at Heald with money from the GI Bill, but the California State Approving Agency for Veteran Education announced its suspension for Corinthian. They say it's to protect veterans. The agency wrote in a release:

"Corinthian Colleges and their schools have not been able to demonstrate to us that they have the financial resources to ensure the veterans enrolled in their programs will receive the education and training they are seeking."

The move left Morgan unsure who to blame.

"Corinthian, yes, I'm upset with them because that's just ridiculous, and then the California board for even considering and doing it and taking benefits away from veterans," Morgan said.

Corinthian is in talks with the Department of Education in an effort to keep operating. Plans are in place to sell the Heald campuses, but students like Morgan are left waiting to learn what their future holds.

"I fought for my country. My friends have died for it, and plenty other veterans have died for this," Morgan said. "And now they're trying to take something away we earned. That's not right."

News10 spoke by phone with a spokesperson for Corinthian. He says if they can reach an agreement with the Department of Education within the next few days, it's possible the hold on the VA benefits could be lifted in time for students, like Morgan, to resume classes when the next term begins in two weeks, but there's no guarantee.


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