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2018: The Year For-Profit College Students Fought Back – And Won

In case after case this year, students represented by the Project on Predatory Student Lending have won hard-fought victories against for-profit colleges and the Department of Education.

Defeated In Court, Education Dept. To Cancel $150 Million Of Student Loan Debt | NPR

The U.S. Department of Education is sending emails to about 15,000 people across the country telling them: You’ve got money. These are former students — and some parents of students — who took out loans for colleges that shut down between Nov. 1, 2013, and Dec. 4, 2018. About half attended campuses run by Corinthian Colleges. They will get their money back or have their debt forgiven — an amount estimated at $150 million, all told — under a provision called Automatic Closed School Discharge.

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Dept. of Education to Cancel $150 Million in Student Loan Debt | NBC News

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday it would automatically cancel $150 million in student loans connected to for-profit colleges that closed in recent years. The move was made under an Obama-era policy that a federal judge in October essentially forced U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to implement. The story was first reported by Politico.

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Education Dept. Will Cancel $150 Million in Student Debt After Judge’s Order | New York Times

The Education Department is wiping $150 million in federal student loans off the books, and has begun the process of informing thousands of borrowers that they no longer owe the government money because the schools they attended shut their doors. The loan forgiveness, announced this week, applies to about 15,000 borrowers as federal education officials begin to carry out new rules that they fought in court for more than a year before giving up in October.

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Statement on Department of Education’s Cancellation of $150 Million in Debt from Closed For-Profit Colleges

The following is a statement from Toby Merrill, Director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending, on the Department of Education’s decision to cancel $150 million in loans of former students of closed for-profit colleges. “The Department of Education illegally delayed implementation of the 2016 borrower defense rule, but because our clients in Bauer v. DeVos were…

Education Department to Cancel $150M of Debt for Borrowers at Closed Schools | Politico Pro

The Education Department plans to expunge the federal student loans owed by thousands of borrowers whose education was interrupted by the closure of their college, carrying out an Obama-era policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had fought to stop. Department officials said Thursday that they will cancel the loans of about 15,000 borrowers who qualified for “closed school” loan discharges but who haven’t yet applied for that benefit. Those student loans total approximately $150 million.

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Former ITT Tech Students Get $600M in Debt Relief from Bankruptcy Judge | Indianapolis Business Journal

While the bankruptcy fight over failed for-profit educator ITT Educational Services continues, the biggest group involved in the legal battle has scored a big victory. In late November, a federal bankruptcy judge in Indianapolis gave final approval to a $600 million settlement that will affect about 750,000 former students of ITT Technical Institute.

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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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