Posts by Lindsey Withem

DeVos, DOE Sued for Borrower Defense Ruling Again | Holland Sentinel

Another group has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for the Department of Education’s reversal of an Obama-era borrower defense rule. The Project on Predatory Student Lending and Public Citizen Litigation Group (PPSL) is suing the DOE in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the group announced in a press release on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

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Education Advocacy Group Sues DeVos Over Student Loan Protection Rule | Law.com

A New York public interest group on Wednesday sued U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in Manhattan federal court over a new rule that rolls back Obama-era protections for students who claim they were defrauded by colleges or universities. The lawsuit, filed by the Project on Predatory Student Lending and Public Citizen Litigation Group on behalf of the New York Legal Assistance Group, aims to invalidate borrower defense regulations that would impose new requirements and procedural hurdles for students looking to cancel fraudulent loan obligations.

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The New York Legal Assistance Group Plans to File a Lawsuit Blocking DeVos’ “Borrower Defense” Rule | Politico’s Morning Education

The group, which provides free legal help to low-income individuals, expects to file the lawsuit this morning in federal court in the Southern District of New York. NYLAG is represented by Harvard Law School’s Project on Predatory Student Lending and Public Citizen Litigation Group, both of which successfully challenged DeVos’ efforts to delay the Obama-era “borrower defense” policy, forcing the 2016 rule to take effect.

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Student Advocates Again Challenge DeVos in Court For Trashing Obama-Era Rules | Republic Report

Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos has trashed two key rules that the Department of Education, during the Obama administration, painstakingly developed to discourage for-profit colleges from deceiving and abusing their own students. With a new lawsuit filed today, advocates for students are now in court fighting to cancel both of the DeVos anti-rules and keep the previous Department regulations in place.

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Why People with Student Debt are Refusing to Repay It | CNBC

Sandy Nurse doesn’t see why she needs to be $120,000 in debt “just for trying to improve my understanding of the world.” And so, after a decade of struggling to repay her student loans, she plans to stop trying. She hopes others will join her, too, in a national strike against the country’s outstanding student loan debt, which is marching toward $1.7 trillion.

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Toby Merrill and Eileen Connor | Boston Globe

Long before the Democratic candidates for president were warning about our national student debt crisis, Toby Merrill and Eileen Connor were doing something about it. They worked separately at first, and then together at Harvard Law School’s Project on Predatory Student Lending.

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Muddied Picture for Defrauded Borrowers | Inside Higher Ed

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives were able to pass a measure last week expressing opposition to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s borrower-defense rule. But because of politics and both ongoing and upcoming legal battles, the vote did little to clear up what will happen to students who are asking for their loans to be discharged because they were defrauded by colleges.

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