The Project on Predatory Student Lending

Representing students against the for-profit college industry

2020: The Year Students Were Heard | Blog

December 31, 2020

Judge Denies Borrower Defense Settlement

Student Borrowers Ask Court to Allow Deposition of Betsy DeVos on Borrower Defense

January 11, 2021

How Are Corinthian Students Still Waiting for Justice?

January 21, 2021

Washington Post | Betsy DeVos Leaves a Controversial Legacy that Could Soon be Reversed

January 9, 2021

  1. The Project on Predatory Student Lending
  2. 2020: The Year Students Were Heard | Blog
  3. Judge Denies Borrower Defense Settlement
  4. How Are Corinthian Students Still Waiting for Justice?
  5. Washington Post | Betsy DeVos Leaves a Controversial Legacy that Could Soon be Reversed

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.

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. 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.

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


Biden Administration Backs DeVos in Fight Over Testifying About Loan Forgiveness | Politico

The Biden administration is backing former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she tries to avoid having to testify in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s lengthy delays and sweeping denials of student loan forgiveness claims.

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Biden Admin Teams Up with Ex-Trump DOJ Official to Defend Betsy DeVos Against Ripped-Off College Students | Law and Crime

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Joe Biden is going to the mat for former secretary of education Betsy DeVos. In a Monday filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton and other DOJ attorneys argued that students who were ripped off by for-profit scam colleges cannot depose the former Trump-era official.

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Warren, Pressley Push Biden to Cancel Student Loan Debt | Boston Globe

If you thought top progressive lawmakers from Massachusetts would stop jousting with the White House now that a fellow Democrat is in office, you were mistaken.

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