Update | In the Fight for Student Loan Relief
For years, Corinthian Colleges, a network of over one hundred for-profit schools, defrauded students to rake in profits from taxpayer-funded federal student aid. Tens of thousands of students—many the first in their families to seek out higher education—were promised serious career training and job prospects, but left Corinthian’s campuses with little more than thousands of dollars in debt.
Cancel Student Debt, Boost the Economy | Medium
In April, Senator Elizabeth Warren released a bold plan for free public college and debt cancellation. This transformational proposal takes direct aim at some of the deepest inequities in education in America, and it’s funded by her Ultra-Millionaire tax on wealth above 50 million. The plan includes a $50 billion minimum fund for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions, and will make public college tuition-free at both two- and four-year institutions.
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.
SEC Gives Former Execs of Corinthian Colleges, a Massive Scam, Slaps on the Wrist | LA Times
Corinthian Colleges was a higher-education scam that defrauded tens of thousands of low-income students out of as much as $100 million in federally backed loans. Many are still struggling with the consequences because the Trump administration is refusing to grant them full relief from their student debt.
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.
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.
Update | Judge Declares Department of Education’s Seizure of Corinthian Colleges Borrowers’ Tax Refunds Illegal
A federal judge ruled this week that the Department of Education illegally took the tax refunds of two former Corinthian College students to pay their student loans, without addressing the assertion that these loans are fraudulent and unenforceable. Now, the Department may not take their tax refunds unless and until it makes a reasoned decision…
Judge Declares Department of Education’s Seizure of Corinthian Colleges Borrowers’ Tax Refunds Illegal | Press Release
A federal judge ruled that the Department of Education illegally took the tax refunds of two former Corinthian College students to pay their student loans, without addressing the assertion that these loans are fraudulent and unenforceable. Now, the Department may not take their tax refunds unless and until it makes a reasoned decision about the assertions of fraud.
Coalition Urges Loan Debt Cancellation for Former Corinthian Students | Diverse Issues in Higher Education
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts, Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey, the Debt Collective organization and others on Monday joined the Project on Predatory Student Lending to launch a public awareness campaign urging eligible students of former Corinthian Colleges to apply to have the Department of Education cancel their debts.
Update | Delay. Delay. Delay. The Department of Education Appeals Preliminary Injunction Order and Moves to Stay Litigation Pending Appeal: What it Means and What Happens Next?
On May 25, 2018, a federal court in San Francisco granted former Corinthian borrowers’ motion for a preliminary injunction in Calvillo Manriquez v. DeVos, ordering the Department of Education to stop using its “average rulings rule” immediately, and to stop collecting the loans of certain Corinthian borrowers.