“Attacking the Concept of Debt” | Harvard Magazine
Only a few years ago, Douglas Jones, who worked night shifts as a security guard at a nursing home in Roxbury, was hesitant to spend even $10 more than his typical budget allowed. Payments on his student loan debt were being withdrawn directly from his bank account. If the balance was short—for instance, if Jones hadn’t managed to get 40 hours at his job that week—the bank charged an overdraft fee. The debt had ruined his credit score and he hadn’t had a credit card in years. “They were even taking money I didn’t have,” Jones says. “It was stressing me the hell out.” Along with millions of other Americans, Jones had fallen prey to the for-profit college industry, which is in essence a two-pronged system—federal loans at one end and for-profit schools designed to access those loans at the other.
Judges Keep Slapping Down Poor Betsy DeVos! | Wonkette
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is terrible at her job. Her objectives and overall mission are evil, but if it’s any consolation she can’t effectively implement them. After buying her Cabinet position at Sotheby’s, DeVos has spent the past two years trying to roll back Obama-era policies designed to protect and actually educate students. Unfortunately for her evil schemes, federal courts keep smacking down her slimy efforts. It’s getting embarrassing.
Education Department to Enforce Obama-era Ban on Mandatory Arbitration | Politico Pro
The Education Department said on Friday that it will begin enforcing an Obama-era ban on colleges using mandatory arbitration agreements, after a federal judge last fall thwarted the Trump administration’s efforts to stop the policy.
Despite the Economic Recovery, Student Debtors’ ‘Monster in the Closet’ has Only Worsened | CNBC
In many ways, Daniel Strong is happy with his life. He owns a three-bedroom ranch-style house in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and 3-year-old son, Benjamin. He recently made the last payment on his silver, Toyota Tacoma. He likes his job.
Devos Under Fire for Obstacles to Student Debt Relief | Courthouse News Service
A federal judge blocked the Education Department on Monday from dismantling an Obama-era regulation intended to protect student-loan borrowers from predatory lending practices. “The court concludes that, as with most unlawful agency actions, the proper remedy here is vacatur,” U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss wrote.
Judge rules that DeVos delay of Obama-era student loan rules is ‘unlawful’ | Politico Pro
A federal judge today ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ various delays of Obama-era regulations governing loan forgiveness for defrauded borrowers were illegal.
New England Institute of Art Students Storm Campus to Deliver Demand Letter | Debt Collective
On Wednesday students who attended predatory for-profit college, the New England Institute of Art, stormed their former campus to demand justice, including debt cancellation, for all those who attended the school.
Former Art Institute Students Demand Justice At Their Old Campus | ThinkProgress
Students who say they were preyed on by for-profit college companies that gave them a “worthless” education and didn’t prepare them for the workforce are hoping to push these schools to shut down for good.
Feds Propose Rules that Would Make it Easier for Students to Sue Their Schools | Market Watch
Students who believe they’ve been duped by their schools will now have an easier path to sue them if proposed rules released by the Department of Education Monday take effect.
These Controversial Student Contracts May Soon Be Banned | Market Watch
Annemarie Morgan and Tiffany Dever figured a certificate in ultrasound would be a ticket to a career in a field that was “blowing up.”