Project on Predatory Student Lending
Judge Orders That Department of Education Cannot Resume Issuing Borrower Defense Denials Without Notifying Court and Borrowers | Press Release
Optimism and Hope: “Fail State” Forum and Panel Look Ahead | Blog
“Attacking the Concept of Debt” | Harvard Magazine
Biden Administration Drops Appeal of Legal Decision Granting former Corinthian Colleges Students Debt Relief | Washington Post
A group of 7,200 former students of the defunct for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges will have their federal student loans canceled after the Education Department agreed Thursday to drop its appeal of a court order to clear their debts. The decision arrives more than a year after a federal judge ruled that the students in Massachusetts were entitled to a full discharge of their loans under a statute known as borrower defense to repayment. The Trump administration fought the order and brought the case to a standstill, but borrowers were hopeful the Biden administration would concede.
“We are calling on the Department to do what is right when it sees evidence of widespread fraud” – Statement on Approval Of Additional Student Borrower Defense Claims
Department of Education announced that it will approve borrower defense applications for a select 1,800 student borrowers who attended the predatory for-profit colleges of Westwood, Marinello, and the Court Reporting Institute. It will cancel all outstanding loan balances for these individuals, wiping out approximately $55.5 million in predatory student loan debt.
FAQ: What We Know About ED’s Recent ITT Announcement
Recently, the Department of Education announced that it will approve a small portion of borrower defense applications for former ITT students, with 18,000 borrowers to receive a 100% discharge of their ITT debt. While this is great news for those select borrowers, there are still a lot of questions around what this means for the more than 700,000 former ITT students who were scammed by the school.
Student Loan Truth: For-Profit Colleges Aren’t Just Out to Scam Students. They’re Scamming Their Parents, Too. | Blog
It’s no surprise that being ripped off by a for-profit college impacts more than just the student who attends. A student borrower’s unpayable debts affect their whole family. And there’s a way that parents can bear the debt burden personally: Parent PLUS loans.
Student Loan Borrowers Perplexed by Biden Administration’s Continued Defense of Trump-Era Lawsuits | Washington Post
Amanda Kulka expected her six-year fight for student loan cancellation would be over by now. Powerful allies, including a state attorney general and a federal judge, agreed that she and other students in Massachusetts had been defrauded by the defunct for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges. The courts even granted all 7,200 of them a full discharge of their debt in June, rebuking former education secretary Betsy DeVos’s attempt to block their request for relief.
Student Loan Truth: Eynelys’ DeVry University Story | Blog
DeVry misled Eynelys about their financial aid plan and job placement services, leading her to drop out of her program. In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission sued DeVry for making deceptive claims related to graduate job placement rates and compensation. Eynelys filed a borrower defense application four years ago, seeking relief from her student loan debt, and still has not received a decision from the Department of Education.
Student Loan Truth: Ollie’s New England Institute of Art Story | Blog
The New England Institute of Art promised Ollie Venezia flexible class schedules, 1-on-1 support, quality internship placements, and post-graduation career help. What they got was something else entirely. What they got was almost $200,000 of student loan debt – and an invoice instead of a diploma on graduation day. This is Ollie’s story.
What the Latest Student Debt Announcement from The Department of Education Means for Defrauded Borrowers | Blog
On March 18, 2021, the Department announced full debt cancellation for borrowers with partial relief decisions on their borrower defense applications. More than 90% of borrower defense applicants are not affected by the Education Department’s partial relief announcement because their applications were denied or because they are still waiting for a decision. Here’s what that means.
90% of Borrowers Who Claim They Were Scammed By Their Schools Were Denied Relief | MarketWatch
Students who attended colleges that have misled them have the right under the law to have their federal student loans discharged, but over the past few years, accessing that relief has been nearly impossible, despite evidence of malfeasance by their schools, new documents suggest. More than 200 borrowers who attended a school where an admissions representative pled guilty to making a false statement in an application for federal student aid had their applications for relief denied by the Department of Education, according to the documents.
A DeVos System Allowed 12 Minutes to Decide Student Loan Forgiveness | New York Times
Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made no secret of her disdain for a program intended to forgive the federal student loans of borrowers who were ripped off by schools that defrauded their students. She called it a “free money” giveaway, let hundreds of thousands of claims languish for years, and slashed the amount of relief granted to some successful applicants to $0.