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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…

Panel Event Shows One Thing is Clear: We Must Deliver on Debt Relief for Defrauded Borrowers | Blog

Last week, the Project on Predatory Student Lending participated in an event with the Student Borrower Protection Center and Demos dedicated to the findings of a new report, Delivering on Debt Relief: Proposals, Ideas, and Actions to Cancel Student Debt on Day One and Beyond.

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…

Students ask Courts to Stop the Department of Education from Denying Borrower Defense Claims | Blog

After a historic hearing last month in which a judge slammed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ blanket denials of students’ borrower defense claims and rejected a proposed settlement in our case Sweet v. DeVos, student borrowers are holding the Department of Education accountable in new and important ways.

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…

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.

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.

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.