PRESS RELEASE: January Contreras pledges action to protect students from fraudulent private colleges

Updated: Jul 20, 2018

Phoenix – The U.S. Department of Education announced it will eliminate protections for students who borrowed money to attend  private colleges that closed or defrauded them. A coalition of Democratic Attorney’s General is fighting to keep the protections in place in court. 

Earlier this year, a bipartisan coalition of 30 Attorneys General, took action to urge Congress to reject legislation that would block states from preventing and combatting fraud and abuse by the student loan industry.

Arizona is not one of the states involved in either action standing up for students. 

“Arizonans experienced first-hand the damage that for-profit institution Corinthian College caused when they closed leaving students stranded with debt,” said January Contreras, a former prosecutor who is running for Attorney General. "College debt is tough on students and families, when that debt is for a school that closed or defrauded students, it's just wrong."

“Students at for-profit institutions are veterans, mothers and fathers, first-time degree seekers, and non-traditional students -- students who represent all parts of our community. While the current Attorney General is silent, I'll be an aggressive watchdog for our students and their families from day one.”

### About January Contreras January Contreras is a former Deputy County Attorney, Assistant Attorney General, and non-profit executive. She’s running for Attorney General to bring checks and balances back to our government, and to put the safety, financial security, and well-being of Arizonans first. Learn more at

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