Posts by Lindsey Withem

DeVos Sued by Students Seeking College Loan Relief | Detroit Free Press

Former students of predatory, for-profit colleges are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, claiming the U.S. Department of Education intentionally refused to process their applications for federal loan relief. According to the Huffington Post, DeVos halted the implementation of the Borrower Defense to Repayment regulation in June 2017, leaving the plaintiffs of the lawsuit, and many other students who were not listed, in crippling debt and without a clear path to financial recovery.

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Nearly 900 Student-Loan Borrowers Demand Justice — ‘I Don’t Feel Like I Should Pay for an Education I Never Received’ | MarketWatch

After years working in “dead-end” jobs, Morgan Marler decided to pursue a degree that would help her start a career working with computers. In 2013, Marler enrolled at ITT Technical Institutes feeling convinced they’d help her land a job once she graduated. “They told me about the fact that they do career placement assistance for life,” she said.

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Betsy DeVos Is Getting Sued Over Student Debt | Teen Vogue

When Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) questioned then nominee for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos during a confirmation hearing in 2017, DeVos — often cited as the richest member of Donald Trump’s cabinet — seemed to have no personal experience with the federal student-loan application process. “Have you ever taken out a student loan from the federal government to help pay for college?” Warren asked DeVos, to which the billionaire replied, “I have not.”

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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.

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Seeking Answers on Loan Relief Claims | Inside Higher Ed

Lawyers for student borrowers have filed myriad lawsuits against Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education. They’ve successfully argued that the Education Department should be required to carry out a 2016 borrower defense rule. And they managed to block a plan to offer partial loan cancellation to former Corinthian College students who previously were approved for debt relief. Now those lawyers are aiming to force the department’s hand on a massive backlog of claims from borrowers who say they were misled by their colleges.

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