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
Betsy DeVos Ordered to Testify in Student Borrower Class Action | Courthouse News Service
Rejecting arguments that making a cabinet official testify threatens the separation of powers, a federal judge this week ordered former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to answer questions about long delays and mass denials of student debt relief claims.
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.
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.
A First Move on Borrower Defense | Inside Higher Ed
The Education Department announced yesterday that students who were cheated by for-profit institutions and previously granted partial relief on their direct federal loans will now be granted full relief. The department is rolling back a controversial formula — established under the previous secretary, Betsy DeVos — that gave some borrowers only partial debt forgiveness, even if it was found that they were defrauded or misled by their college.
Students: DeVos’s Dept. Of Education Deliberately Thwarted Student Loan Forgiveness Program | Forbes
In new court documents filed today, student loan borrowers in an ongoing class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education accused officials acting under former Secretary Betsy DeVos of coordinating deliberate efforts to thwart a key student loan forgiveness program.
How COVID-19 Has Impacted Thousands of Defrauded Student Borrowers | Blog
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic vulnerability for millions of people across the country. For student borrowers who have been defrauded by for-profit colleges, this struggle has only been exacerbated.
Updated Complaint: Education Department Officials Secretly Rigged Process to Deny Borrower Defense Applications for Debt Relief | Press Release
New evidence unveiled in lawsuit Sweet v. Cardona shows a sham process set up to deny defrauded borrowers debt relief regardless of the merits of their application.
Education Department Announces Plan it Claims Will Help Scammed Students Discharge School Debt | ABA Journal
A 2019 U.S. Department of Education policy on student debt discharge, which raised the burden of proof for applicants claiming that they were misled by their schools and put in place a plan that only granted partial relief for some, was rescinded Thursday.