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Student borrowers are keeping the pressure up in 2022 | Blog

In just three months of 2022, we’ve seen notable progress in the fight towards holding predatory for-profit colleges and those who enable them accountable. From a scathing report detailing ITT’s decades of wrongdoing, to students in Sweet v. Cardona calling out the growing borrower defense backlog, borrowers are not letting up and keeping the pressure on the Education Department’s arbitrarily long and winding road to justice.

Student Loan Truth: Gainful Employment Not Guaranteed | Blog

One topic that came up again and again during the Department of Education’s February Negotiated Rulemaking sessions was gainful employment of for-profit college graduates – or the lack thereof.

Myrna Figueroa’s NegReg Comments | Blog

The following is a transcript from the Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking session on January 18, 2022. During the public comment period, students are encouraged to share their comments on their experiences. Here is Myrna’s story.

Student Loan Truth: For-Profit Borrowers Keep the Pressure on During NegReg | Blog

As the Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking committee kicked off a second session, student borrowers continued to show up and demand accountability on borrower defense. This time, a common theme emerged: even for those who were finally promised relief by the Biden administration months ago, confusion and delay remain the status quo when it comes to borrower defense.

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.

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.

Student Loan Truth: Blake’s Art Institute Story | Blog

After personal loss made him take another look at his life, Blake Baron decided to invest in his future and pursue a degree in graphic design at the Art Institute. But he quickly realized that the time he invested in the program and the money he was spending wasn’t worth the terrible education he was getting. Even after leaving the school without a degree, he still owes over $30,000 in federal loans.  

“We’re Not Taking This Lying Down” Jen’s Student Loan Truth | Blog

As a first generation Latina and the first in her family to go to college, Jennifer Lezan thought she was working toward a better future when she attended the Art Institute in Chicago in 2006. She never imagined that nearly 15 years later, she’d be fighting back against a massive student debt burden after attending the notorious predatory for-profit school.

My Student Loan Truth: Nicole’s Art Institute Story | Blog

Nicole Edgar Sereno had always been interested in an art career. So when a recruiter from the Art Institute came to her high school, she jumped at the chance to pursue a career in animation. It wasn’t until she started looking for jobs after graduating that she realized they had been lying to her all along.

Student Loan Truth: Chelsea’s Art Institute Story | Blog

After her 8 years in the Army, Chelsea Mack wanted to pursue her passion in fashion design and enrolled in the Art Institute of Seattle. She soon realized that her education wasn’t the prestigious one she was promised. Now, she wants the Art Institute of Seattle to be held accountable, but it shut down in 2019.