Update for Sweet v. DeVos Class Members

The October 1 hearing will not be held in person but will proceed by telephone. You should consult the website for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/, for specific directions on how to attend and comment on the proposed settlement by phone.

The Project on Predatory Student Lending

Representing students against the for-profit college industry

Settlement in Sweet v. DeVos

Information for Sweet v. DeVos class members.

ITT Student Files New Lawsuit Against Navient for Private Student Debt Cancellation

September 10, 2020

We Deserve More Than 10% Justice - Sammia's Student Loan Truth

Lead plaintiff in Pratt v DeVos, Sammia Pratt tells us her story getting partial relief and her experience with for-profit colleges. 

“Attacking the Concept of Debt”

Harvard Magazine - September 8, 2020

  1. The Project on Predatory Student Lending
  2. Settlement in Sweet v. DeVos
  3. ITT Student Files New Lawsuit Against Navient for Private Student Debt Cancellation
  4. We Deserve More Than 10% Justice - Sammia's Student Loan Truth
  5. “Attacking the Concept of Debt”

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.”


“[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."


“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 


35,000 Former ITT Tech Students Could See $330 Million in Private Loans Erased with New Settlement | Yahoo Finance

A new settlement related to the now-defunct for-profit school ITT Technical Institute would erase $330 million in privately-held student loan debt owed by around 35,000 former ITT students.

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Lawsuit Against Student Loan Giant Navient Will Test Limits of Private Debt Discharge | Yahoo Finance

A former student at the now-defunct ITT Technical Institute and his mother are suing student loan giant Navient (NAVI) over the company’s refusal to cancel his private student loans despite the U.S. government erasing thousands of federal student loans related to the notorious for-profit school. The case could set a precedent for defrauded borrowers seeking relief from privately-held loans (as opposed to federally-backed loans).

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Scammed Student Sues Navient, Asking for Cancellation of Debt he Took on to Attend For-Profit College | MarketWatch

For roughly a decade, Jorge Villalba has been contending with student debt that he believes — and the government has confirmed — he was illegally misled into borrowing. Villalba, 39, attended ITT Technical Institutes, a major for-profit college chain, from 2006 to 2010. Just six years after he graduated, ITT filed for bankruptcy, amid allegations the school used misleading job placement and graduation rates to convince students to sign up for classes and take on the loans that would pay for them.

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