The Project on Predatory Student Lending

Representing students against the for-profit college industry

Holding Betsy DeVos Accountable For Illegal Collection of Bogus Student Debt

September 19, 2019

Lyndsie's Art Institute Story

“It’s wrong and I’m not going to sit down and shut up about it.”

Student Loan Truth: Students Speak Out

Students who were defrauded by for-profit colleges and are waiting on the Department of Education to cancel their loans speak out.

DeVos violated a court order to stop collecting on the debts of Corinthian College students. Now, they want her held in contempt.

Washington Post – October 4, 2019

  1. The Project on Predatory Student Lending
  2. Holding Betsy DeVos Accountable For Illegal Collection of Bogus Student Debt
  3. Lyndsie's Art Institute Story
  4. Student Loan Truth: Students Speak Out
  5. DeVos violated a court order to stop collecting on the debts of Corinthian College students. Now, they want her held in contempt.

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 


Making America Worse | New York Times

On the campaign trail in 2015, Donald Trump said it was “disgusting” that a big corporation could escape taxation by using bookkeeping tricks to shift profits out of the United States. Now the Trump administration is thinking about making it easier to play those tricks. Bloomberg reported this week that the Treasury Department, in a development sure to gladden the hearts of the corporate class, was considering a rollback of rules written by the Obama administration to prevent the very kinds of shenanigans Mr. Trump once condemned.

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A Judge Calls Betsy DeVos to Account | Washington Post

The American Dream says we should all have a fair shot at a good life, which includes the opportunity to get ahead. Over the past several decades, we have been told repeatedly the most effective way to do that is to attend college so we can meet the challenges of the rapidly changing work world.

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Federal Judge Slams DeVos and Education Department for Violating Order and Weighs Sanctions | Washington Post

A federal judge blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for flagrantly violating an order to stop collecting loan payments from former Corinthian Colleges students, an infringement that could result in fines or other sanctions.

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