The Project on Predatory Student Lending
Representing students against the for-profit college industry
Students File Lawsuit to Force Betsy DeVos to Cancel their Student Loan Debt
We're calling for students still waiting for debt relief to submit written testimony in the lawsuit.
Theresa's Brooks Institute Story
“Students have been forced to turn to the courts for justice. We are done waiting.”
Leaders and Students Speak Out Against Betsy DeVos
They're calling on the Department of Education to follow the law and provide loan relief to students.
The courts cleared the way for student debt relief. So why are 180,000 people still waiting?
Washington Post – June 26, 2019
- The Project on Predatory Student Lending
- Students File Lawsuit to Force Betsy DeVos to Cancel their Student Loan Debt
- Theresa's Brooks Institute Story
- Leaders and Students Speak Out Against Betsy DeVos
- The courts cleared the way for student debt relief. So why are 180,000 people still waiting?
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.
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.
“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
Seeking Answers on Loan Relief Claims | Inside Higher Ed
Lawyers for student borrowers have filed myriad lawsuits against Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education. They’ve successfully argued that the Education Department should be required to carry out a 2016 borrower defense rule. And they managed to block a plan to offer partial loan cancellation to former Corinthian College students who previously were approved for debt relief. Now those lawyers are aiming to force the department’s hand on a massive backlog of claims from borrowers who say they were misled by their colleges.
So Deep in Student Debt, They’re Suing Betsy DeVos Over Delays in Loan Forgiveness | CBS News
Alicia Davis feels like she was scammed. As a student at Florida Metropolitan University from 2006 to 2008, she said she was told the cost of her online criminal justice program would be covered by Pell grants and scholarships. She was told her credits could be transferred to other schools. Graduating from the school, a subsidiary of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges, would lead to a job and a decent wage.
Nearly 160,000 Former For-Profit College Students Sue Education Secretary Betsy DeVos | HuffPost
More than 158,000 former students at predatory for-profit colleges sued Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her department on Tuesday, demanding that the Department of Education continue reviewing applications for federal loan relief. The former students had applied for “borrower defense,” which would allow them to have their federal loans canceled if their college misled them or violated state laws. But their applications have been left untouched.
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