COVID College Cons – Bad Education Deals Sold in the Pandemic | Blog
In this second installment of COVID Cons with the Republic Report looks at some of the COVID-themed pitches, and poor educational records, of the some of the for-profit colleges seeking to enroll students and cash their federal aid checks during the pandemic.
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.
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.
Scam Websites, Promising COVID-19 Advice, Steer Students to Predatory Colleges | Blog
This article is the first in a new series, produced with Republic Report — COVID College Cons. Together, we’re working to expose the predatory tactics that for-profit colleges are using right now to scam students in the midst of an economic and public health crisis.
UPDATE: Judge Grants Class Certification to 200,000 Student Borrowers in Sweet v. DeVos | Blog
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.
The Latest Reports on Betsy DeVos Scamming For-Profit College Students | Blog
ITT and Corinthian Borrowers Continue to Fight for Relief as the Department of Education Skirts the Law Every Step of the Way
In the Fight for Student Loan Relief | Blog
For years, Corinthian Colleges, a network of over one hundred for-profit schools, defrauded students to rake in profits from taxpayer-funded federal student aid. Tens of thousands of students—many the first in their families to seek out higher education—were promised serious career training and job prospects, but left Corinthian’s campuses with little more than thousands of dollars in debt.
Update | ITT Bankruptcy Settlement Does More for Cheated Students Than DeVos
When the final order of the ITT bankruptcy settlement became effective this month, the court approved cancellation of every dollar of student debt held by the for-profit college and allowed the students’ $1.5 billion claim as unsecured creditors.
Update | Despite Court Order in its Favor, the Project on Predatory Student Lending Continues to Wait for DOJ to Produce Documents
Nearly three years after submitting its original Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request, the Project on Predatory Student Lending is still waiting for the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to fulfill its legal obligations to produce documents that Education Management Corporation produced to it in a federal whistleblower lawsuit.
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…