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.
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.
My Student Loan Truth: Brandon Hurshman and Melissa Arroyo’s Art Institute Story | Blog
Brandon and Melissa just wanted an education. Instead, what they got from the Art Institute was a lot of unfulfilled promises and a heavy burden of fraudulent debt. In fact, the engaged couple says the only positive thing that came out of that school was finding each other.
My Student Loan Truth: Shaun’s Art Institute Story | Blog
Secretary DeVos’s new Borrower Defense rules will gut important protections for students cheated by for-profit colleges. The rules would impose near-impossible standards for defrauded students seeking their rights to loan cancellation, a process that the Department has already made incredibly difficult for students like Shaun Joyce.
IRS Moves to Prevent Defrauded Borrowers from Massively Overpaying Taxes | Blog
Defrauded students already face an uphill battle enforcing their legal right to a loan discharge. Even when borrowers were able to discharge their loans by asserting a borrower defense, a common problem was faced by almost everyone who vindicated their legal rights: the tax consequences. The fact that many people who are defrauded by the…
Dear Presidential Candidates: Yes, You Can Cancel All Student Debt on Day One | Blog
With the presidential primaries now in full swing, the issue of the nation’s whopping $1.5 trillion in student loan debt – and whether to cancel it – has become a popular topic, highlighting a growing consensus that the current system of debt-financed higher education is broken.