News

Featured News

Press Releases
Project on Predatory Student Lending

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

Blog

Optimism and Hope: “Fail State” Forum and Panel Look Ahead | Blog

Coverage
Harvard Magazine

“Attacking the Concept of Debt” | Harvard Magazine

Judge: By Resigning, DeVos Opens Door to Deposition on Student Debt Relief | Courthouse News Service

As a cabinet official, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was virtually immune to demands that she be grilled about long delays and mass denials of student debt relief claims in a pending lawsuit. When she resigned from office last week, that changed.

Read More

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.

2020: The Year Students Were Heard | Blog

2020 has been a year like no other. Despite the pandemic, we’re closing out the year with significant wins for defrauded student borrowers and optimism for our clients under a new Biden-Harris administration. Here’s a recap of our progress over the last year, as we look forward to 2021.   Student borrowers spoke out and…

In Victory For Borrowers, DeVos Agrees To Stop Issuing Mass Denials Of Loan Forgiveness Applications | Forbes

Student loan borrowers scored a victory in court this week against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, as litigation continues over mass denials of student loan forgiveness applications. The case, Sweet v. DeVos, concerns the troubled Borrower Defense to Repayment program.

Read More

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

A federal judge has ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S Department of Education to notify the court two weeks before it denies any more borrower defense claims from student loan borrowers cheated by their school.

Update | Department of Education Stops Borrower Defense Denials; Reinstates Forbearance

The Department of Education has decided to stop issuing blanket denials of borrower defense to repayment applications, according to a recent filing in Sweet v. DeVos. It also said it was putting all borrowers who received blanket denials back into administrative forbearance. The court recently denied the settlement agreement and ordered the Department of Education…

Four Years of the Trump Administration in Court. One Word Stuck in My Head. | The New York Times

During four years struggling to keep up with the flood of court cases challenging the refusal by various Trump administration officials to follow the law, a word ​has come to mind so often that I can’t shake it. It’s the word “mean.​” There’s a meanness to the ​man and to the policies issued from the sycophantic bubble that passes for his administration.

Read More

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.

“Disturbingly Kafkaesque”: Judge Rips Betsy DeVos for Denying 94% of Student Debt Forgiveness Claims | Salon

Arguing that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had undermined the agreement, a federal judge on Tuesday denied approval for a class action settlement over the Trump administration’s handling of a student debt forgiveness program. U.S. District Judge William Alsup said DeVos had subverted the agreement by rejecting tens of thousands of applications from defrauded students without adequate explanation, Politico first reported.

Read More

After Students Testify, Judge Slaps DeVos For Wholesale Rejection of Loan Relief | Republic Report

Late Monday, a federal judge rejected a settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by former students who say they were defrauded by their for-profit colleges and want Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education to stop delaying action on their claims to have their student loan debt cancelled. Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco ruled after holding an October 1 hearing, via Zoom, where people could address the court in favor of or against the settlement. In that settlement agreement, DeVos’s Department committed to move ahead with review of the students’ claims.

Read More