Education Dept. Left Social Security Numbers of Thousands of Borrowers Exposed for Months | Washington Post
The Education Department left the Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of people seeking student debt relief unprotected and susceptible to a data breach for at least six months, according to people familiar with the matter. Angela Morabito, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, acknowledged the error but called it “nonevent.” The data was “was on the department’s secure, internal server, and there is no indication anyone outside the department could have had access to it,” she said. “There is also no indication anyone inside the department handled this file improperly.”
Judge Orders Betsy DeVos to Cancel 7,200 Scammed Borrowers’ Student Loans | MarketWatch
During most of the Trump administration’s tenure, the U.S. Department of Education, led by Betsy DeVos, has worked to limit student debt cancellation for borrowers who say they were scammed by their schools. The agency scored a win in that effort Friday, when Democrats failed to muster enough votes to override President Trump’s veto of a bill that would have overturned the Department’s approach to student debt cancellation under what’s known as the “borrower defense” rule.
Borrower-Defense Veto Override Fails | Inside Higher Ed
Opponents of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s rule making it more difficult for those who have been defrauded by their colleges to have their student loans forgiven are looking to the courts to block the measure after suffering a defeat in Congress Friday. In a victory for DeVos, the Democratic House failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a bill that would have undone DeVos’s controversial borrower-defense rule.
DeVos Tries Everything to Force Deceived Students to Repay Loans | Republic Report
Betsy DeVos’s four-year immoral crusade to harm American education has included a thoroughly corrupt effort to protect predatory for-profit colleges and force students who were scammed by these schools to pay back their student loans anyway. Advocates for veterans, single mothers, immigrants, and others ripped off by these schools have been determined to fight back. There were numerous developments last week in this struggle, and they deserve our attention.
Landmark Court Ruling on Student Borrower Defense Flies in Face of Trump Veto | Yahoo Finance
A federal court ordered the discharge of student loans under an Obama-era borrower defense rule for the first time on the same day that a vote to override President Trump’s veto related to the same rule failed in the House. The implications of Friday’s events bring more uncertainty to hundreds of thousands of affected borrowers as the watershed court ruling faces a potential appeal and consumer advocates vow to continue fighting the Trump administration’s repeal of rules designed to protect defrauded student borrowers.
Federal Judge Orders DeVos To Cancel Student Loans For 7,200 Defrauded Students | Forbes
Yesterday, a federal judge ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to cancel the student loans for the 7,200 student borrowers in Massachusetts who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey applied for “borrower defense” on behalf of 7,200 former Corinithian College students as a group application. Borrower defense is the provision that helps defrauded students by giving the Secretary of Education the authority to discharge debt when schools lie and cheat their students.
‘Huge Win’: Court Orders DeVos to Cancel Loans for Mass. Students Defrauded by Corinthian Colleges | Common Dreams
Advocates for students joined Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in celebration Friday after a federal court in Boston ordered U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to cancel the loans of 7,200 people in the commonwealth who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit education company that closed its U.S. campuses in 2015.
Republicans Block Effort To Restore Student Loan Relief | Forbes
Republicans in the House of Representatives have blocked a Democratic-led effort to restore student loan protections to borrowers defrauded by their schools. The Borrower Defense to Repayment program is a student loan forgiveness program originally enacted by the Obama administration to provide student debt relief to students who were misled, defrauded, or otherwise harmed by predatory colleges and universities – often, for-profit schools.
Federal Judge Orders Department of Education to Cancel Loans for 7,200 Students | Boston Globe
A federal judge has ordered US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to cancel the student loan debt of more than 7,200 Massachusetts students who attended Everest Institute, part of Corinthian Colleges’ defunct national chain of for-profit schools, capping a prolonged legal battle.
Whistleblower: Dept. Of Education Deliberately Thwarted Loan Forgiveness Process | Forbes
A U.S. Department of Education official has filed a whistleblower complaint, alleging that the Trump and DeVos administration deliberately made it harder for student loan borrowers to apply for a loan forgiveness program.