The Project on Predatory Student Lending

Representing students against the for-profit college industry

Class Action Suit Against Florida Career College

A class action was filed against Florida Career College (FCC) for selling a predatory product using false representations and high-pressure sales tactics.

“Covid College Cons” Series Exposes Predatory For-Profit Colleges Targeting Students During COVID-19 Crisis

Plaintiff Theresa Sweet Speaks Out

On Friday, April 10, a proposed settlement was filed in the lawsuit Sweet v. DeVos. Here's what that meant to lead plaintiff Theresa Sweet.

Students Call College That Got Millions In Coronavirus Relief 'A Sham'

National Public Radio - May 8, 2020

  1. The Project on Predatory Student Lending
  2. Class Action Suit Against Florida Career College
  3. “Covid College Cons” Series Exposes Predatory For-Profit Colleges Targeting Students During COVID-19 Crisis
  4. Plaintiff Theresa Sweet Speaks Out
  5. Students Call College That Got Millions In Coronavirus Relief 'A Sham'

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

Borrower-Defense Rule Saved by Trump Veto but Still Faces Fight in Court | Inside Higher Ed

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s controversial borrower-defense rule cleared one hurdle with President Trump’s veto Friday evening of a congressional resolution that would have undone it. But the rule, which would make it harder for borrowers to have their student debt forgiven if they were defrauded by their colleges, still faces a legal challenge before it is due to go into effect July 1.

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For-Profit Colleges Stole Our Past 10 Years. But Trump Has the Chance to Make it Right. | USA Today

When we met in 2007, we were on our way to achieving the American dream, and we were doing it together. We were students at the now-closed Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Thirteen years and some 25 student loans later, our dreams of marriage, a family and home ownership have been deferred by our overwhelming student loan debt.

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Why Did The CARES Act Give More Money To Hair Schools Than To A Community College? | NBC News

After $14 billion was set aside for higher education in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Houston Community College and the Paul Mitchell Schools both got financial relief. The Houston college, a public institution with nearly 60,000 students, received $28.3 million. The for-profit hair and cosmetology schools received $30.5 million, despite serving only 20,000 students.

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