2020: The Year Students Were Heard | Blog
2020 has been a year like no other. Despite the pandemic, we’re closing out the year with significant wins for defrauded student borrowers and optimism for our clients under a new Biden-Harris administration. Here’s a recap of our progress over the last year, as we look forward to 2021. Student borrowers spoke out and…
Update | Department of Education Stops Borrower Defense Denials; Reinstates Forbearance
The Department of Education has decided to stop issuing blanket denials of borrower defense to repayment applications, according to a recent filing in Sweet v. DeVos. It also said it was putting all borrowers who received blanket denials back into administrative forbearance. The court recently denied the settlement agreement and ordered the Department of Education…
Update | Student Borrowers Speak Out in Unprecedented 500-Person Court Hearing on Borrower Defense
During a time when people have been more isolated than ever, student borrowers came together from across the country, gathering on Zoom for a remote hearing. They were there to share their views with the court about the proposed settlement in the borrower defense class action lawsuit, Sweet v. DeVos, in which the Department of Education agreed to decide on the more than 100,000 pending borrower defense applications within 18 months.
Update | Borrowers Raise Concern over Borrower Defense Denials
On August 31, 2020, the court overseeing the Sweet v. DeVos class action held a hearing on the Department of Education’s recent wave of borrower defense denials. The borrowers who brought the case had requested a hearing the week before. At the hearing, the borrowers shared their concerns with the judge that the Department of…
Six Months into 2020: Wins for Students and Fighting for Justice | Blog
Six months into 2020 and the Project on Predatory Student Lending has won a major lawsuit against the Department of Education in Vara v DeVos, and agreed to a proposed settlement in Sweet v DeVos. They’ve also continued to fight for justice in across other new pieces litigation this year.
We Deserve More Than 10% Justice – Sammia’s Student Loan Truth | Blog
Decades after being scammed by the for-profit school, Sammia Pratt is still fighting to get full loan cancellation. Her borrower defense application was recently granted, but the Department of Education discharged only 10 percent of her loan. She represents thousands of others in her situation as the lead plaintiff in Pratt v. DeVos.
Overturning the 2019 Borrower Defense Rule and What It Means for Borrowers | Blog
A rare bipartisan vote gives President Trump a chance to act in the interest of student borrowers.
Update | Judge Grants Class Certification to 200,000 Student Borrowers in Sweet v. DeVos
A judge certified the class of more than 200,000 borrowers in Sweet v. DeVos, a case that seeks to force the Department of Education to process their borrower defense applications.
US Department of Education Violates Court Order by Illegally Collecting From Defrauded Former Corinthian Students | Statement
The US Department of Education has ignored the injunction ordered it to stop collecting on the loans of defrauded Corinthian College students who filed for borrower defense.
Student Loan Truth: Jessica’s Art Institute Story | Blog
I’m beyond disappointed about the fact that the government isn’t doing anything to stop these schools from defrauding students in the first place. The fact that there is no protection for a vulnerable 21 year old signing a loan for the first time and being taken advantage of isn’t fair or responsible. You shouldn’t need a lawyer to be able to go to college.