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Settlement in Sweet v. DeVos

Information for Sweet v. DeVos class members.

Judge Orders Secretary DeVos to Completely Cancel Student Loans of all 7,200 Defrauded Corinthian Colleges Students in MA

June 26, 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. 

Federal Judge Orders Department of Education to Cancel Loans for 7,200 Students

Boston Globe - June 26, 2020

  1. The Project on Predatory Student Lending
  2. Settlement in Sweet v. DeVos
  3. Judge Orders Secretary DeVos to Completely Cancel Student Loans of all 7,200 Defrauded Corinthian Colleges Students in MA
  4. We Deserve More Than 10% Justice - Sammia's Student Loan Truth
  5. Federal Judge Orders Department of Education to Cancel Loans for 7,200 Students

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

Education Dept. Left Social Security Numbers of Thousands of Borrowers Exposed for Months | Washington Post

The Education Department left the Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of people seeking student debt relief unprotected and susceptible to a data breach for at least six months, according to people familiar with the matter. Angela Morabito, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, acknowledged the error but called it “nonevent.” The data was “was on the department’s secure, internal server, and there is no indication anyone outside the department could have had access to it,” she said. “There is also no indication anyone inside the department handled this file improperly.”

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Judge Orders Betsy DeVos to Cancel 7,200 Scammed Borrowers’ Student Loans | MarketWatch

During most of the Trump administration’s tenure, the U.S. Department of Education, led by Betsy DeVos, has worked to limit student debt cancellation for borrowers who say they were scammed by their schools. The agency scored a win in that effort Friday, when Democrats failed to muster enough votes to override President Trump’s veto of a bill that would have overturned the Department’s approach to student debt cancellation under what’s known as the “borrower defense” rule.

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Borrower-Defense Veto Override Fails | Inside Higher Ed

Opponents of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s rule making it more difficult for those who have been defrauded by their colleges to have their student loans forgiven are looking to the courts to block the measure after suffering a defeat in Congress Friday. In a victory for DeVos, the Democratic House failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a bill that would have undone DeVos’s controversial borrower-defense rule.

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