The Project on Predatory Student Lending

Representing students against the for-profit college industry

BREAKING: Betsy DeVos Held In Contempt

A Federal Judge Held DeVos In Contempt of Court For Illegally Collecting on Loans Of Thousands Of Students In Project Case

New Lawsuit: Former MA Corinthian Colleges Students Sue Betsy DeVos

October 22, 2019

Amanda's Everest Institute Story

“It destroys your faith in the government and in our system of education and I think it’s important to stand up to that.”

Federal judge holds DeVos in contempt in loan case, slaps Education Department with $100,000 fine

Washington Post – October 24, 2019

  1. The Project on Predatory Student Lending
  2. BREAKING: Betsy DeVos Held In Contempt
  3. New Lawsuit: Former MA Corinthian Colleges Students Sue Betsy DeVos
  4. Amanda's Everest Institute Story
  5. Federal judge holds DeVos in contempt in loan case, slaps Education Department with $100,000 fine

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

Devos Refuses To Forgive Student Debt For Those Defrauded By For-Profit Colleges | NPR

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is in a standoff with Democrats over why she is refusing to forgive the debts of tens of thousands of borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges.

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Time 100 Next | Time

Years before student debt would be widely considered a national crisis—Americans now owe a combined $1.6 trillion—Toby Merrill started using litigation to fight what she calls the “worst-of-the-worst student debt,” the kind incurred by students who enrolled in predatory for-profit colleges that burdened them with debt and provided them with worthless degrees.

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Rising Debt and Fewer Regulations are Leaving Students Vulnerable to Predatory Colleges | NBC

Theresa Sweet’s parents gave her a 35-millimeter camera when she was in the third grade. She fondly recalls saving her allowance to develop film as she became the family photographer. It was a gift that would change her life forever, setting her on a path into the world of for-profit colleges.

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