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My Student Loan Truth: Wilfredo’s Art Institute Story

Wilfredo Morales attended the Art Institute of York in Alabama, which promised him a degree and a job in graphic design. Instead, the school convinced Wilfredo AND his mother to take out massive student loans, and failed to deliver an education.

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to end student debt is glorious. We can make it a reality | The Guardian

This week, Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, announced a proposal to cancel student debt for millions of people and make public college free. This is a stunning, visionary plan that would transform our educational system and dramatically improve millions of people’s lives.

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Update | Mayor Pete Answers My Question About Predatory For-Profit Colleges

Last Saturday, I went to a town hall in New Hampshire hoping for the opportunity to ask Pete Buttigieg one question: Would he encourage his education department to cancel federal student debt from predatory for-profit colleges?

Statement On Senator Warren’s Plan For Student Debt Cancellation

BOSTON – On Monday, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her plan for “universal free public college and cancellation of student loan debt.”   The following is a statement from Toby Merrill, Director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending. “Senator Warren’s plan to eliminate the debts of millions of former students is the right path for America and we…

Despite Court Rulings, DeVos Leaves Obama-Era Rules Unenforced | Wall Street Journal

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s two-year effort to chisel away at the Obama administration’s education agenda has repeatedly been blocked by federal courts. Now, she is trying a different tactic: not enforcing the rules.

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Education Department Has Stalled on Debt Relief for Defrauded Students | New York Times

The Education Department failed to approve a single application for federal student loan relief in the second half of last year, according to new department data that signals that students who claim they were cheated by their colleges cannot count on help from Washington anytime soon.

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Thousands of students who say they were scammed by their schools applied for debt relief — they’re still waiting | MarketWatch

Applications for debt relief from students who say they’ve been scammed by their schools have been languishing at the Department of Education. That’s according to data from the agency requested and published late last week by the office of Senator Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension committee, which oversees the Department.

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Update | The Department of Education Is Still Trying to Take Students’ Tax Returns

For years, the Department of Education has acted more like a collection agency than an agency operated for the benefit of students.

Trump Rollbacks Leave More Than 100,000 People Waiting on Student Loan Relief | CNN

It’s been five months since a federal court ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to give defrauded student loan borrowers relief, but more than 100,000 people are still waiting to hear whether their debt will be canceled.

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My Student Loan Truth: Kristina’s Virginia College Story

In our Student Loan Truth blog series, our clients share what they really got from their for-profit college and how the debt affected them. Their experiences demand a public reckoning on student debt and an end to the predatory practices of for-profit colleges.   This is Kristina’s student loan truth.   “I was focused. I had…