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Attorneys for former students of Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. are asking a court for permission to file a $2.5 billion claim against the bankrupt former operator of for-profit schools, the Wall Street Journal said.

The claim is said to cover college costs and lost wages by 500,000 former students who attended Corinthian schools between 2000 and 2015.

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Corinthian filed for bankruptcy in May after shutting down its last locations. It had been selling or closing its more than 100 campuses since last summer under a deal with the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Former Corinthian students have since been seeking various concessions from the department, including cancellation of their federal student loan debts.