Project on Predatory Student Lending

Representing students against the for-profit college industry

About the Project

The Project is part of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC), a community law office and clinical teaching site of the law school. Clinical students join the Project’s staff to litigate cases on behalf of clients, in partnership with community-based organizations and advocacy organizations.

#CANCELCORINTHIAN

It's time to cancel the student debt of ALL Corinthian students.

In a major ruling, a court recently ordered the Department of Education to STOP collecting on the loans of certain students who attended Corinthian Colleges (Heald, Everest, and WyoTech) who have applied for loan cancellation. We’ve launched an online tool to help students apply, along with resources to help them take steps toward loan cancellation.

Join us, along with elected leaders from across the country, in calling on the Department of Education to #CancelCorinthian debt once and for all.

Featured Cases

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.

Colon v. DeVos

Asks a court to declare that student loan debt from Sanford-Brown Institute, a for-profit college determined to have violated New York state consumer protection laws, is invalid and not enforceable.

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.

About the Predatory For-Profit College Industry

For decades, the predatory for-profit college industry has exploited the promise of higher education by perpetrating a massive fraud on students trying to build a better life. The industry targets low-income students, students of color, immigrants, the unemployed, and veterans. Many are the first in their families 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.

“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

“It's not like I got 30 percent of the education. I got zero percent of the education that they offered."

-Amanda, former Everest College student on Department of Education's partial denial rule

News

What Do Students Do When a For-Profit College Closes? | The Atlantic

Jasmine Lee had finally found something she was happy with and wanted to pursue. She had been working as a medical assistant at an orthopedic center, and she was enjoying it. But she wanted more. So she figured she should check out the certificate program at Virginia College in Birmingham, where she works.

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Major For-Profit School Chain Closes, Leaving Tens of Thousands of Students Scrambling | The Hill

Thousands of students are reportedly left scrambling after Education Corp. of America (ECA), one of the country’s largest for-profit college chains, announced Wednesday that it would be abruptly closing more than 70 campuses across the United States.

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Students Stunned After Major For-Profit College Chain Closes: ‘They’re Taking Our Dreams Away’ | NBC News

Jasmin Cantú, a student at Brightwood College in Texas, said she was in the middle of taking a medical assistant certification exam Wednesday when a school official came into the classroom in tears, delivering a message Cantú never thought she would hear. The school was shutting down and the last day of classes would be Friday, she said.

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