The Project on Predatory Student Lending

Representing students against the for-profit college industry

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Featured Cases

Sweet v. Cardona

Challenges the Department of Education’s refusal to process borrower defense claims.

Britt v. Florida Career College

Lawsuit against Florida Career College (FCC), a Florida-based for-profit college chain that has been systematically targeting Black students and selling a predatory product using false representations and high-pressure sales tactics.

Calvillo Manriquez v. Cardona

Class action challenging the federal government’s failure to discharge tens of thousands of student loans from Corinthian College discharge applicants whom the government already deemed entitled to discharges and the government’s decision to require some class members to pay a substantial portion of these fraudulent loans.

OUR IMPACT

In 2016, the Project launched a first of its kind legal fight against the predatory for-profit college industry and the harm they cause to students and communities.

During that time, the Project has grown to represent more than one million borrowers and its litigation has directly resulted in the cancellation of over $2 billion in fraudulent student debts.

"I believe the work that is being done by the Project on Predatory Student Lending has helped bring light to a very dark corner of our education system. On a more personal level, the Project has given me the courage to speak about this issue. There can be a lot of fear and shame associated with being victims of education fraud. But the Project’s work has helped show me, and millions of other students who were cheated, that there is nothing to be ashamed of and that if we speak up and stand together we can make a difference.”

“Today is a huge victory for the thousands of former Corinthian students in Massachusetts who were cheated by this destructive school, trapped in unaffordable debt, and then forced to wait years to get the relief they deserve. Our office, alongside the fierce advocates at the Project on Predatory Student Lending, stood by these students and their families from the start and hopes that today’s announcement brings some comfort and helps improve financial stability.”

"Last year you helped get relief to over 7k borrowers. You took on Betsy DeVos and Corinthian Colleges and you won – woohoo! I couldn’t be happier and more grateful. This is how change happens for people all across our country ­– one fight at a time. And you know our fight for borrowers is far from over. So, thank you for staying in the fight. This is a righteous fight and we’re going to win it." 

About the Predatory For-Profit College Industry

For decades, the predatory for-profit college industry has exploited the promise of higher education. The industry specifically targets low-income students, people of color, immigrants, veterans, and others trying to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. Many are the first in their family to attend college. This industry draws nearly all its revenue from taxpayer dollars and relies on deceptive and relentless sales tactics to recruit students, leaving them worse off than they started. The Project’s landmark cases on behalf of student borrowers work to end these predatory practices and hold those who enable them accountable.

Get Help

If you attended a for-profit college and need legal help with student debt problems, contact us by leaving a message on our hotline, 617-390-2669, or filling out our online intake form.

News

When colleges defraud students, should the government go after school executives? | NPR

In a shocking investigation, the U.S. Senate declared the federal student loan program “plagued by fraud and abuse.” Its report heaped scorn on for-profit trade schools for serving 22% of federal student loan borrowers but accounting for 44% of defaults. “The school keeps the student aid money … and the student is left holding the bag with a poor credit rating, no job and no income to repay the student loan,” U.S. Rep. Marge Roukema, R-N.J., declaimed in her crusade against for-profit “bad apples.”

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Report On Fraud Committed By ITT Technical Institute Highlights Need To Protect Student Loan Borrowers With Stronger Regulation Of For-Profit Colleges | Forbes

Last week the Project on Predatory Lending released an extensive report detailing abuses by the now-closed ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech). The report details how ITT Tech systematically defrauded millions of students over decades, abused the federal financial aid system and left students weighed down with student loan debt and worthless credentials.

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The $1.7 Billion Student Loan Deal That Was Too Good to Be True | New York Times

The settlement was portrayed as a win-win for 39 states and the loan giant Navient. But thousands who received predatory loans will still have to pay.

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