The Project on Predatory Student Lending

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What the Latest Student Debt Announcement from The Department of Education Means for Defrauded Borrowers | Blog

March 29, 2021

7,200 Borrowers Cheated by Corinthian Colleges to Finally Secure Debt Relief

July 15, 2021

FAQ: What We Know About ED’s Recent ITT Announcement

June 24, 2021

New York Times | Education Department Scraps a Trump-Era Policy That Limited Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

March 18, 2021

  1. The Project on Predatory Student Lending
  2. What the Latest Student Debt Announcement from The Department of Education Means for Defrauded Borrowers | Blog
  3. 7,200 Borrowers Cheated by Corinthian Colleges to Finally Secure Debt Relief
  4. FAQ: What We Know About ED’s Recent ITT Announcement
  5. New York Times | Education Department Scraps a Trump-Era Policy That Limited Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

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.

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

Biden Administration Drops Appeal of Legal Decision Granting former Corinthian Colleges Students Debt Relief | Washington Post

A group of 7,200 former students of the defunct for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges will have their federal student loans canceled after the Education Department agreed Thursday to drop its appeal of a court order to clear their debts. The decision arrives more than a year after a federal judge ruled that the students in Massachusetts were entitled to a full discharge of their loans under a statute known as borrower defense to repayment. The Trump administration fought the order and brought the case to a standstill, but borrowers were hopeful the Biden administration would concede.

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Is This A Game Changer For Student Loan Cancellation? | Forbes

The hiring of a new assistant general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education who co-authored a letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) supporting wide-scale student loan cancellation shouldn’t be interpreted as the Biden administration will now “automatically” enact wide-scale student loan forgiveness.

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Biden Education Department Hires Vocal Proponent of Canceling Student Debt | The Hill

The Biden administration has hired a vocal proponent of canceling student debt for a key post in the Education Department. The Education Department hired Toby Merrill to serve as deputy general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, the agency said in a statement.

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It's as if I never attended any higher education institution and just have bad credit with a massive debt with no real job prospects.

Manuel A., Sweet v. DeVos

“The Department of Education recognizes that I was defrauded by this school, but because of a ridiculous formula, I only get 10% relief. It’s insulting. I have worked hard to succeed despite all the harm that Everest caused to my life and career. I am not looking for a handout. I just want accountability and a process that is fair for everyone”

-Sammia Pratt, Pratt v. DeVos

We were overcharged and undereducated and then Everest left us high and dry... I was poor my whole life and didn’t want my family to put up with the same thing. And here I am, 6 years later with nothing to show for my education and a lot of wasted time.

Andrea S., Calvillo Manriquez v. DeVos

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