The Project on Predatory Student Lending

Representing students against the for-profit college industry

Student Advocates Challenge DeVos' Borrower Defense Rule

February 19, 2020

My Student Loan Truth: Jared’s South University Story

“It was fraud, plain and simple. I was told I would receive a service that I never actually received. ”

2019: A Year of Student Victories And Holding Betsy DeVos Accountable

2019 was a landmark year for student borrowers cheated by for-profit colleges.

DeVos and Education Dept. could face new sanctions for violating a court order

Washington Post – January 08, 2020

  1. The Project on Predatory Student Lending
  2. Student Advocates Challenge DeVos' Borrower Defense Rule
  3. My Student Loan Truth: Jared’s South University Story
  4. 2019: A Year of Student Victories And Holding Betsy DeVos Accountable
  5. DeVos and Education Dept. could face new sanctions for violating a court order

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.

Featured Cases

Sweet v. DeVos

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

Villalba et al. v. ITT

Class action by former ITT Tech students in ITT’s bankruptcy proceedings. Students are the true creditors of ITT and debts from ITT are invalid.

Calvillo Manriquez v. DeVos

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.

“Everything that the school promised, turned out to be false... Sanford-Brown Institute has left me and many other students with mountains of debt and no career path to dig ourselves out. Making this worse is that our own government has failed to step in to protect and help students.”

Yvette

“[The Department of Education] should be protecting the students, because students were led to believe they were protected. And they are not, they are protecting...for-profit schools."

Sarah

“I hope these rulings remind the Department of its obligation to its citizens who are the future of this country, and that it will start to act in the interest of students instead of for-profit institutions.”

-Meaghan, former student at New England Institute of Art 

News

DeVos, DOE Sued for Borrower Defense Ruling Again | Holland Sentinel

Another group has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for the Department of Education’s reversal of an Obama-era borrower defense rule. The Project on Predatory Student Lending and Public Citizen Litigation Group (PPSL) is suing the DOE in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the group announced in a press release on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

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Lawsuit: Department of Education is Making it ‘Nearly Impossible’ for Defrauded Students to Cancel Their Student Loans | Market Watch

A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that new Department of Education rules, set to take effect in July, will make it more difficult for scammed students to write off their student loans.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Faces Another Lawsuit for Overturning an Obama-Era Rule | Yahoo Finance

A group of consumer advocates filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education (ED) for revising an Obama-era rule that was designed to protect students who were defrauded by predatory schools.

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