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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.

Update | Despite Court Order in its Favor, the Project on Predatory Student Lending Continues to Wait for DOJ to Produce Documents

Nearly three years after submitting its original Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request, the Project on Predatory Student Lending is still waiting for the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to fulfill its legal obligations to produce documents that Education Management Corporation produced to it in a federal whistleblower lawsuit.

Argosy University Closing Leaves Students Scrambling | Consumer Affairs

Another for-profit college has shut its doors, leaving many of its students with no degree and lots of debt. Argosy University, which operated brick-and-mortar campuses in Virginia, California, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, and other states had to turn out the lights after the U.S. Department of Education expelled it from the federal financial aid program.

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Education Department to Enforce Obama-era Ban on Mandatory Arbitration | Politico Pro

The Education Department said on Friday that it will begin enforcing an Obama-era ban on colleges using mandatory arbitration agreements, after a federal judge last fall thwarted the Trump administration’s efforts to stop the policy.

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A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears | New York Times

When the Education Department approved a proposal by Dream Center, a Christian nonprofit with no experience in higher education, to buy a troubled chain of for-profit colleges, skeptics warned that the charity was unlikely to pull off the turnaround it promised.

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Update | Argosy University Stipends

In January of this year, Dream Center Education Holdings—the parent company of Argosy and several other schools—entered into a federal receivership. A receivership occurs when a court appoints someone outside a company to control the company, because the company is in serious financial trouble.

Harvard Law School Sues U.S. Department of Justice Over Document Access | Penn Record

A Harvard law project is suing the United States Department of Justice, citing alleged breach of duty. The Project on Predatory Student Lending of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School filed a complaint on Dec. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the United States Department of Justice for alleged violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

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Borrowers Face Hazy Path as Program to Forgive Student Loans Stalls Under Betsy DeVos | New York Times

The students attended institutions with pragmatic names like the Minnesota School of Business and others whose branding evoked ivy-draped buildings and leafy quads, like Corinthian Colleges. Tens of thousands of them say they are alike in one respect: They were victims of fraud, left with useless degrees and crushing debts.

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DOJ Must Give Harvard FOIA Docs On For-Profit College | Law360

A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice must turn over some of the documents a Harvard Law School legal clinic had sought from a whistleblower lawsuit over a struggling Pittsburgh-based for-profit college provider’s student recruitment and loan policies.

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These Students are Suing Their For-Profit School | Vice

For-profit colleges and universities have received increased scrutiny in recent years for their part in helping to drive up the level of U.S. student debt, which now tops $1.3 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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