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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 Payments on his student loan debt were being withdrawn directly from his bank account.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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Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers Win, but Still Lose | New York Times

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is denying huge batches of relief requests from students whose schools defrauded them. Even those who aren’t denied are getting very little — or sometimes nothing.

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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.”

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Whistleblower: Education Department Killed Website That Made Applying for Loan Forgiveness Too Easy | U.S. News and World Report

The Trump administration rejected a website that the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid office designed to help students who have been defrauded by their colleges apply for loan forgiveness, arguing the tool made the process too easy, according to a whistleblower complaint.

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Scammed Borrowers Sue Betsy DeVos, Alleging She Illegally Limited Student-Loan Cancellation | Market Watch

Students who’ve been scammed by their schools are being illegally cheated again — this time out of the loan cancellation that they’re entitled to, a new lawsuit alleges. A group of student-loan borrowers filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her department of illegally limiting the amount of relief student-loan borrowers who were misled by their schools receive.

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Student Loan Borrowers Sue DeVos To Overturn Loan Forgiveness Rule | Forbes

Student loan borrowers have filed a new lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The lawsuit concerns the Borrower Defense to Repayment program. This loan forgiveness program was 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.

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Education Secretary DeVos Sued Over Rule Related to For-Profit College Fraud | Yahoo Finance

The Department of Education (ED) changed its rules on how students defrauded by for-profit colleges seek debt relief, leading to lawsuits and a political fight to return the rule to its Obama-era form and a veto from President Trump in support of the change. Now consumer advocates are suing over related, lesser known Trump administration student debt rule change in another attempt to obtain more relief for defrauded students.

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Betsy DeVos To Be Sued Over Partial Debt Forgiveness Policy | Forbes

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being sued again. This time for her new partial debt forgiveness policy under the “borrower defense to repayment” rule. DeVos announced the new policy last year, providing for a way for borrowers who were defrauded by their school to get only a portion of their loans cancelled.

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Consumer Groups to Challenge ‘Partial Relief’ Rule | Inside Higher Ed

Consumer groups are expected to file a federal lawsuit today challenging U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s so-called partial relief rule, in which more students get only a part of their student debt forgiven if they have been defrauded by their institutions.

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New Lawsuit Over DeVos’ Partial Loan Forgiveness Policy | Politico

Consumer groups this morning are filing a new legal challenge to DeVos’ policy, announced last year, that will cancel only part of the loan debt owed by federal student loan borrowers who are defrauded by their college.

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