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ITT Student Files New Lawsuit Against Navient for Private Student Debt Cancellation | Press Release

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“Attacking the Concept of Debt” | Harvard Magazine

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Update | Borrowers Raise Concern over Borrower Defense Denials

Update | CFPB and States Settlement with Private Loan Lender to Cancel Millions of Dollars in Student Loan Debt

As Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education issue blanket denials on borrower defense applications to former ITT students, the CFPB and a group of 44 states and the District of Columbia filed proposed settlements with one of ITT’s private lenders, known as PEAKS.

“Attacking the Concept of Debt” | Harvard Magazine

Only a few years ago, Douglas Jones, who worked night shifts as a security guard at a nursing home in Roxbury, was hesitant to spend even $10 more than his typical budget allowed. Payments on his student loan debt were being withdrawn directly from his bank account. If the balance was short—for instance, if Jones hadn’t managed to get 40 hours at his job that week—the bank charged an overdraft fee. The debt had ruined his credit score and he hadn’t had a credit card in years. “They were even taking money I didn’t have,” Jones says. “It was stressing me the hell out.” Along with millions of other Americans, Jones had fallen prey to the for-profit college industry, which is in essence a two-pronged system—federal loans at one end and for-profit schools designed to access those loans at the other.

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Student Loan Truth: Chelsea’s Art Institute Story | Blog

After her 8 years in the Army, Chelsea Mack wanted to pursue her passion in fashion design and enrolled in the Art Institute of Seattle. She soon realized that her education wasn’t the prestigious one she was promised. Now, she wants the Art Institute of Seattle to be held accountable, but it shut down in 2019.

Statement on Legislative Plan to Cancel Fraudulent Corinthian and ITT Student Debt | Press Releases

Senators Durbin, Brown, and Warren, and Congressmembers Takano and Jayapal introduced a legislative plan to completely cancel the loans of borrowers who have long been deemed eligible for borrower defense discharge.

Congress Rejects DeVos’ Borrower Defense Rollback | Press Release

In a rare bipartisan vote, the Senate rebuked Secretary DeVos by voting to overturn the 2019 borrower defense rule. This resolution would leave the 2016 borrower defense rule in place and prohibit the Department from attempting to make new borrower defense regulations.

My Student Loan Truth: Shaun’s Art Institute Story | Blog

Secretary DeVos’s new Borrower Defense rules will gut important protections for students cheated by for-profit colleges. The rules would impose near-impossible standards for defrauded students seeking their rights to loan cancellation, a process that the Department has already made incredibly difficult for students like Shaun Joyce.

Student Advocates Challenge DeVos’ Borrower Defense Rule | Press Release

Student advocates filed suit today to invalidate the U.S. Department of Education’s new borrower defense rules, which reverse vital protections from predatory schools and impose onerous standards and procedural hurdles for defrauded students seeking to assert their legal rights to cancel loans.

My Student Loan Truth: Jared’s South University Story | Blog

When the Dream Center chain collapsed, thousands of students were left stranded and scammed of education. Jared Russell was one of them.

Student Advocates Announce Closed School Discharges for Over 30,000 Student Borrowers | Press Release

Student Defense and the Project on Predatory Student Lending issued statements today responding to the U.S. Department of Education’s confirmation that it had discharged loans for over 30,000 student borrowers under the automatic closed school discharge provision of the 2016 borrower defense rule. The discharges include roughly $95.1 million in relief for approximately 7,700 former students of the predatory for-profit college, ITT Tech.

Former Students of Defunct ITT Tech Receive $95.1 Million Loan Relief | Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The Education Department is providing loan relief to some 7,800 former students of the ITT Technical Institute, with debts totaling $95.1 million being forgiven by the government years after the giant for-profit school chain closed. The department said that it has identified 7,878 former students of ITT Tech as eligible for a program in which loans are discharged automatically within three years of a school closure. Of those borrowers who attended the school, 7,697 had received loan forgiveness as of Jan. 3.

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