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Judge Orders That Department of Education Cannot Resume Issuing Borrower Defense Denials Without Notifying Court and Borrowers | Press Release

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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.

Statement on Education Department Approving ITT Borrower Defense Claims | Press Release

Today, the Department of Education announced that it will approve the borrower defense applications of a select 18,000 student borrowers who attended ITT Technical Institute (ITT). According to the Department, the borrowers will receive 100 percent loan discharges, resulting in approximately $500 million in relief.

Biden Administration Backs DeVos in Fight Over Testifying About Loan Forgiveness | Politico

The Biden administration is backing former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she tries to avoid having to testify in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s lengthy delays and sweeping denials of student loan forgiveness claims.

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Biden Admin Teams Up with Ex-Trump DOJ Official to Defend Betsy DeVos Against Ripped-Off College Students | Law and Crime

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Joe Biden is going to the mat for former secretary of education Betsy DeVos. In a Monday filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton and other DOJ attorneys argued that students who were ripped off by for-profit scam colleges cannot depose the former Trump-era official.

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Student Borrowers Ask Court to Allow Deposition of Betsy DeVos on Borrower Defense | Press Release

Student borrowers today moved to depose former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the class action lawsuit Sweet v. DeVos. The borrowers want DeVos to explain the reasoning for delays in processing the borrower defense claims.

Statement on Resignation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Our statement regarding Secretary DeVos’ resignation from Project on Predatory Student Lending Director Toby Merrill

Students ask Courts to Stop the Department of Education from Denying Borrower Defense Claims | Blog

After a historic hearing last month in which a judge slammed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ blanket denials of students’ borrower defense claims and rejected a proposed settlement in our case Sweet v. DeVos, student borrowers are holding the Department of Education accountable in new and important ways.

Borrowers Seek to Hold Secretary DeVos in Contempt of Court for Refusing to Decide Borrower Defense Application | Press Release

Student borrowers filed a motion to hold Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to decide the borrower defense application filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General on behalf of approximately 7,200 former Corinthian Colleges students in Massachusetts.

A Reckoning with Private Loan Cancellation: Jorge Villalba’s Quest for Full Loan Cancellation | Blog

Jorge Villalba was one of tens of thousands of students scammed by ITT and was left with a worthless degree and insurmountable debt in the form of both federal and private student loans.  Now, after getting his federal loans discharged, he’s fighting to get his private loans cancelled too.

Student Borrowers to Judge: Department of Education Can’t be Trusted to Process Borrower Defense Claims Fairly | Press Release

A federal judge today heard from student borrowers at a fairness hearing on the proposed settlement between students and the United States Department of Education that forces the Department to process all pending borrower defense claims.