Project on Predatory Student Lending
ITT Student Files New Lawsuit Against Navient for Private Student Debt Cancellation | Press Release
“Attacking the Concept of Debt” | Harvard Magazine
Update | Borrowers Raise Concern over Borrower Defense Denials
Vara v. DeVos: The persistence of students and the power of the law | Blog
Students’ massive win in Vara v. DeVos spanned over 5 years, multiple administrations, two Massachusetts Attorneys General, multiple lawsuits, and dozens of legal filings. It is the result of student borrowers who refuse to give up on their legal rights, and an Education Department that stubbornly refuses to acknowledge them, no matter what the law says.
Judge Orders Secretary DeVos to Completely Cancel Student Loans of all 7,200 Defrauded Corinthian Colleges Students in MA | Press Release
Federal judge orders the Deptartment of Education to cancel the student loans of all 7,200 former Corinthian Colleges students in Massachusetts.
For-Profit Schools Target The Black Community. Here’s How You Can Avoid The Scam | BET
This article takes a deeper dive into for-profit schools and the students who have been scammed into pursuing quick-and-easy higher education. Let’s all take a minute to look at why this problem hits the Black community the hardest.
All the Ways Student Debt Exacerbates Racial Inequality — ‘It’s Like Landing in Quick Sand’ | MarketWatch
Student debt is often thought of as a generational issue, plaguing 20- and 30-somethings as they make their way into adulthood. And while it’s true that young adults are coping with levels of student debt rarely experienced by their parents and even older siblings, perhaps one of the biggest factors defining a borrower’s student loan experience is their race.
Turning to Courts for Loan Forgiveness | Inside Higher Ed
Earlier this year, Sarah Dieffenbacher closed the book on a two-year legal fight with the U.S. Department of Education over her student loan debt. But the resolution was unsatisfying to Dieffenbacher. Instead of getting a ruling on the loan-forgiveness claim she filed for debt racked up at the former Everest College, the department discharged her loans through bankruptcy court.
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.
For-Profit Schools’ Predatory Practices and Students of Color: A Mission to Enroll Rather than Educate | Harvard Law Review
In a move with significant implications for federal civil rights enforcement, the Department of Education has halted investigations into several large for-profit institutions widely accused of defrauding students. This decision sends an even clearer message that the Department of Education stands on the side of corrupt corporations rather than with students.
Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Give a Damn About Students, Education or the Cost Thereof | The Root
Can we stop telling the lie that Betsy DeVos has the best interest of this nation’s students at heart? The U.S. Department of Education has devolved into yet another classist system of oppression set up to hold down people of color and low-income families. This latest move by DeVos is proof of that.
Update | When Student Debt is Not Only Predatory, But Racist
Predatory colleges exploit the promise of higher education by targeting African Americans and people of color with lies and deceptive marketing tactics. An ad used to run on daytime TV: a young woman of color is talking about how she “has a young child” and needs to “hold down the household.” But this didn’t stop…