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Student Loan Truth: The Real Heroes of NegReg

On October 4-8, the Department of Education held their second Negotiation Rulemaking, or NegReg, session of the year. This year, the broken borrower defense process is one of the top areas of discussion, and the Department of Education refused to include the very students who experience this process firsthand.

Jonathan’s DeVry Student Loan Truth: “My degree has held me back more than it has benefited me” | Blog

When Jonathan H. attended DeVry University, they promised him a lucrative career in gaming – which turned out to be a “flop program.” Jonathan recently submitted testimony for the record in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Student Loan Bankruptcy Reform, in support of a bill sponsored by Senator Durbin that would make it possible for borrowers to discharge student loans through bankruptcy. Here’s Jonathan’s story.

Student Loan Truth: For Former Corinthian Students, a Never-Ending Road to Justice | Blog

Corinthian Colleges was one of the most notoriously bad actors in the for-profit college industry – so much so that many people assume these debts have already been cancelled. That’s not true – yet.

How Long Would You Wait to Get Your Life Back? An ITT Student Loan Truth | Blog

Predatory for-profit colleges like ITT have defrauded students for years, targeting low-income families and intentionally making the enrollment process fast-paced and confusing because their goal is to make as much money as they can with as little return as they can offer. Students are then left with thousands of dollars in debt and worthless degrees.

FAQ: What We Know About ED’s Recent ITT Announcement

Recently, the Department of Education announced that it will approve a small portion of borrower defense applications for former ITT students, with 18,000 borrowers to receive a 100% discharge of their ITT debt. While this is great news for those select borrowers, there are still a lot of questions around what this means for the more than 700,000 former ITT students who were scammed by the school.

Student Loan Truth: For-Profit Colleges Aren’t Just Out to Scam Students. They’re Scamming Their Parents, Too. | Blog

It’s no surprise that being ripped off by a for-profit college impacts more than just the student who attends. A student borrower’s unpayable debts affect their whole family. And there’s a way that parents can bear the debt burden personally: Parent PLUS loans.

The Project on Predatory Student Lending: 5 Years of Impact | Blog

Project co-founders Toby Merrill and Eileen Connor take a look back at five years of impact helping defrauded student borrowers against for-profit colleges.

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.

Student Loan Truth: Ollie’s New England Institute of Art Story | Blog

The New England Institute of Art promised Ollie Venezia flexible class schedules, 1-on-1 support, quality internship placements, and post-graduation career help. What they got was something else entirely. What they got was almost $200,000 of student loan debt – and an invoice instead of a diploma on graduation day. This is Ollie’s story.

What the Latest Student Debt Announcement from The Department of Education Means for Defrauded Borrowers | Blog

On March 18, 2021, the Department announced full debt cancellation for borrowers with partial relief decisions on their borrower defense applications. More than 90% of borrower defense applicants are not affected by the Education Department’s partial relief announcement because their applications were denied or because they are still waiting for a decision. Here’s what that means.