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Federal Judge Holds DeVos in Contempt in Loan Case, Slaps Education Department with $100,000 Fine | Washington Post
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DeVos Held In Contempt For Illegal Collection of Student Debts | Press Release
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University of Phoenix Settlement ‘Drop in the Bucket’ for Student Debt, Advocates Say | NBC News
Advocates for students and veterans lauded a record $191 million settlement reached in a case against one of the country’s largest for-profit college chains this week as an important step forward in protecting students, but said the compensation was “a drop in the bucket” compared to the total debt borrowers owe.
STATEMENT: “This hearing has made clear once again that Secretary DeVos won’t let the law get in the way of her agenda against students” | Press Release
Secretary DeVos made her point very clear in today’s hearing: she does not believe that cheated borrowers are legally entitled to relief.
Betsy DeVos Says Students May Only Get Partial Loan Relief in Fraud Cases | Market Watch
Students who are cheated by their colleges will receive full loan forgiveness only if they end up earning far less than their peers, while others will receive relief between 25% and 75% of their debt under new rules unveiled Tuesday by the U.S. Education Department. The policy is a departure from the Obama administration, which provided full loan forgiveness in cases of fraud, and it marks the second time the Trump administration has attempted to provide only partial loan relief.
Betsy DeVos Overruled Education Dept. Findings On Defrauded Student Borrowers | NPR
Documents obtained by NPR shed new light on a bitter fight between defrauded student borrowers and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. These borrowers — more than 200,000 of them — say some for-profit colleges lied to them about their job prospects and the transferability of credits. They argue they were defrauded and that the Education Department should erase their federal student loan debt under a rule called “borrower defense.”
DeVos Tries Again to Cut Debt Relief for Students Who Were Misled | New York Times
Thousands of students who took out federal loans to attend schools that lured them with fraudulent claims will still have to repay a portion of their debts, the Education Department said Tuesday — a new attempt to water down a loan-forgiveness program that the department’s leader has long deplored.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Rolls Out New Method for Approving Student Debt Relief Claims | Washington Post
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is doubling down on a controversial policy of granting partial debt relief to students defrauded by their colleges, despite ongoing legal challenges and a congressional inquiry. On Tuesday, the Education Department released an updated methodology for processing loan forgiveness claims made under a statute known as borrower defense to repayment.
DeVos: Defrauded Students May Only Get Partial Loan Relief | Associated Press
Students who are cheated by their colleges will receive full loan forgiveness only if they end up earning far less than their peers, while others will receive relief between 25% and 75% of their debt under new rules unveiled Tuesday by the U.S. Education Department.
Breaking: Secretary DeVos Denies Students’ Rights to Full Debt Cancellation | Press Release
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she will deny full student loan cancellation to student borrowers who were cheated by their colleges and applied to have their federal loans cancelled.
Education Department Erroneously Collected Additional Corinthian College Loans | Politico
In October, after the Trump administration initially said it erroneously collected on the loans of some 16,000 Corinthian borrowers, a federal judge held DeVos in contempt of court and imposed a $100,000 fine for violating an order to stop collecting on student loans from the defunct for-profit college. Now, according to the department, that means a total of 45,801 borrowers “were erroneously taken out of forbearance or stopped collections status.” That includes the roughly 29,000 newly identified borrowers, plus the original 16,034 borrowers. “FSA has now placed all 45,801 borrowers in the correct status,” the government’s court filing said.
Trump Administration Reveals That Far More Corinthian Colleges Students Faced Debt Collection in Violation of a Court Order | Washington Post
The Education Department revealed in a court filing this week that it identified an additional 29,000 former Corinthian Colleges students who were pursued for federal student loan payments despite a court order barring collection.