On July 6, 2017, two student borrowers represented by the Project on Predatory Student Lending and Public Citizen filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of Education for illegally delaying borrower defense rules intended to protect borrowers’ rights. On September 12, 2018, a judge ruled that these delays were illegal.
This is a major victory for student borrowers and for anyone who cares about having a government that operates under the rule of law, instead of as a pawn of the for-profit college industry. The 2016 borrower defense rule imposed critical protections for students, including banning forced arbitration policies that had stacked the deck in favor of predatory for-profit colleges. Today’s ruling clearly states that the Department’s efforts to thwart those protections were illegal and had no basis in fact or the law.
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