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“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 Payments on his student loan debt were being withdrawn directly from his bank account.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.

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DeVos and Education Dept. could face new sanctions for violating a court order | The Washington Post

A federal judge is weighing higher fines for the Education Department after the federal agency disclosed that it pursued scores of additional borrowers for debt collection — violating a court order.

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Argosy University Closing Leaves Students Scrambling | Consumer Affairs

Another for-profit college has shut its doors, leaving many of its students with no degree and lots of debt. Argosy University, which operated brick-and-mortar campuses in Virginia, California, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, and other states had to turn out the lights after the U.S. Department of Education expelled it from the federal financial aid program.

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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.

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A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears | New York Times

When the Education Department approved a proposal by Dream Center, a Christian nonprofit with no experience in higher education, to buy a troubled chain of for-profit colleges, skeptics warned that the charity was unlikely to pull off the turnaround it promised.

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Harvard Law School Sues U.S. Department of Justice Over Document Access | Penn Record

A Harvard law project is suing the United States Department of Justice, citing alleged breach of duty. The Project on Predatory Student Lending of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School filed a complaint on Dec. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the United States Department of Justice for alleged violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

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Borrowers Face Hazy Path as Program to Forgive Student Loans Stalls Under Betsy DeVos | New York Times

The students attended institutions with pragmatic names like the Minnesota School of Business and others whose branding evoked ivy-draped buildings and leafy quads, like Corinthian Colleges. Tens of thousands of them say they are alike in one respect: They were victims of fraud, left with useless degrees and crushing debts.

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DOJ Must Give Harvard FOIA Docs On For-Profit College | Law360

A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice must turn over some of the documents a Harvard Law School legal clinic had sought from a whistleblower lawsuit over a struggling Pittsburgh-based for-profit college provider’s student recruitment and loan policies.

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Corinthian Students Will Only See Partial Loan Relief | Associated Press

The Department of Education has begun notifying some former Corinthian Colleges students that it will forgive only one-half or less of their federal student loans, even though the students were defrauded by the now-defunct schools, the Associated Press has learned.

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These Students are Suing Their For-Profit School | Vice

For-profit colleges and universities have received increased scrutiny in recent years for their part in helping to drive up the level of U.S. student debt, which now tops $1.3 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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