Calvillo Manriquez v. DeVos

Information for former corinthian students

If you attended a Corinthian-owned school, you may be a member of the class in this lawsuit.

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Who is involved in this case?

The Project on Predatory Student Lending and the Housing and Economic Rights activists (HERA) represent a class of tens of thousands of former students of Corinthian College, a predatory for-profit college chain, against the Department of Education. To see if you are a class member in this case click here.


What is this case about?

All class members in this case are entitled to debt relief based on the Department of Education’s Corinthian Job Placement Rate Rule, created in 2016 after the Department acknowledged Corinthian’s widespread wrongdoing. This rule was established through countless public statements, previous discharges, and direct notice to tens of thousands of borrowers. In 2017, the Department of Education unfairly and illegally denied this relief to former Corinthian students. The Project brought this case to court to secure the debt cancellation to which these students are entitled.


Where is this case filed?

This case is filed in federal court in the Northern District of California.


When was this filed?

The Project filed this case in December of 2017. In March 2018, the Project filed a motion for Preliminary Injunction to stop the Department’s illegal collection on class members’ loans while the case is ongoing. This injunction was granted in May of 2018.

Why this case?

Under the Department of Education’s watch, Corinthian took in billions in taxpayer money by using high-pressure tactics and racially-targeted advertising to build its business, all while producing outcomes for students so terrible that it had to lie about them. Corinthian filed bankruptcy and its debts disappeared, but the students it cheated remain thousands of dollars in debt for an education they never received.

The Latest

In October 2019, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was held in civil contempt and sanctioned for her illegal collection of student loan debts – a direct violation of the 2018 injunction that ordered the Department to stop collecting on the loans of tens of thousands of Corinthian students.

Student Testimony

To read testimony submitted by defrauded former for-profit college students, click below.

Case Updates

New Data Reveals DeVos Illegally Collected From Additional 17,258 Corinthian Students | Press Release

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos revealed that an additional 17,258 student borrowers were illegally collected upon by her Department in direct violation of a court order, more than quadruple the number she had previously disclosed in October.

Students Seek More Sanctions Against Secretary DeVos Following Disclosure of Tripled Illegal Loan Collections | Press Release

BOSTON– Former Corinthian Colleges students are asking a court to increase the monetary penalty against the Department of Education in light of the Department’s disclosure that it collected from nearly triple the 16,000 students it originally disclosed, and that originally got it held in contempt and fined $100,000. The Department’s latest report, along with additional…

DeVos Held In Contempt For Illegal Collection of Student Debts | Press Release

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been held in civil contempt and sanctioned for her illegal collection of student loan debts, a federal judge ruled today.


Order Regarding Sanctions

On October 24, 2019 the court found the Defendants in civil contempt and ordered sanctions of $100,000.

Plaintiffs’ Motion for Partial Reconsideration

On December 23, 2019, Plaintiffs' filed a Motion for Partial Reconsideration.

Plaintiffs' Response to Court's Order Regarding Contempt Sactions and Sovereign Immunity

On March 10, 2020, Plaintiffs responded to the Court's order regarding contempt sanctions and sovereign immunity.


DeVos and Education Dept. could face new sanctions for violating a court order | The Washington Post

A federal judge is weighing higher fines for the Education Department after the federal agency disclosed that it pursued scores of additional borrowers for debt collection — violating a court order.

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Corinthian Colleges Students Want Education Dept. to Face Additional Sanctions for Violating a Court Order | Washington Post

Former Corinthian Colleges students are asking a federal judge to impose higher fines against the Education Department after the agency disclosed it pursued scores of additional borrowers for debt collection in violation of a court order.

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Betsy DeVos: Income to Decide Education Loan Fraud Forgiveness | Ask the Truth

Overburdened by education loan is a common narrative associated with almost every other student in the US, but what seems tough, is about to get tougher. As per the new plan unveiled by the US Education Department, students who are cheated by their colleges will receive full loan forgiveness, only if they end up earning far less than their peers.

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