Friendswood & Houston, TX – Lone Star Legal Aid is preparing to offer free legal services to students affected by the closure of Education Corporation of America. Education Corporation of America (ECA) campuses which include Brightwood College, Brightwood Career Institute, Ecotech Institute, Golf Academy of America and Virginia College announced that operations would be discontinued in December of 2018.

With 75 campuses nationwide, including 12 in Texas, their over 20,000 enrolled students may be wondering if they can get the tuition they paid back, get their student loans forgiven, or how they can transfer their credits to another institution.

“We are gearing up to assist the students affected by ECA’s closure,” said Sapna Aiyer, LSLA’s Managing Attorney for its Consumer and Housing Unit. “They’ll be able to call us for help to understand their legal rights and handling the often daunting documentation requirements in acquiring any and all benefits they’re entitled to.”

Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves the millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. Lone Star Legal Aid focuses its resources on maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability; preserving housing; improving outcomes for children; establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and wellbeing; and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities, like those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, visit our website at

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