SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The state Assembly is advancing legislation to help about 13,000 California students affected by the sudden closure of Corinthian Colleges.

AB573 would waive fees at community colleges for affected students and provide money to the colleges to help students transfer and enroll in new programs.

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The college chain abruptly closed 28 campuses across the country last month after the U.S. Department of Education announced $30 million in fines for misrepresentation.

The bipartisan bill passed out of the Assembly Thursday with a unanimous 71-0 vote.

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The bill also would offer $100 for legal aid to students seeking to have their student loans forgiven, restore $10 million in Cal Grant eligibility for Heald College students and help some students recover tuition and loans.

It now goes to the state Senate.

 

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