Update | CFPB and States Settlement with Private Loan Lender to Cancel Millions of Dollars in Student Loan Debt
As Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education issue blanket denials on borrower defense applications to former ITT students, the CFPB and a group of 44 states and the District of Columbia filed proposed settlements with one of ITT’s private lenders, known as PEAKS.
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…
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.
Project Interns Practice Social Justice with Social Distance | Blog
Despite working remotely during the pandemic and never physically meeting the team, our summer interns quickly learned the ropes. In their few months with us, they each made an impact and became valued members of our team, so we asked them some questions about their experience.
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.
Six Months into 2020: Wins for Students and Fighting for Justice | UPDATE
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 | Proposed Settlement in Sweet v. DeVos
This post was originally published on April 10, 2020 and was updated on May 29, 2020. On April 7, 2020, students and the Department of Education reached an agreement to resolve the Sweet v. DeVos lawsuit. Before the settlement takes effect, the Court must approve it. We filed a motion for preliminary approval of the…
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.