Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Rolls Out New Method for Approving Student Debt Relief Claims | Washington Post
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is doubling down on a controversial policy of granting partial debt relief to students defrauded by their colleges, despite ongoing legal challenges and a congressional inquiry. On Tuesday, the Education Department released an updated methodology for processing loan forgiveness claims made under a statute known as borrower defense to repayment.
DeVos: Defrauded Students May Only Get Partial Loan Relief | Associated Press
Students who are cheated by their colleges will receive full loan forgiveness only if they end up earning far less than their peers, while others will receive relief between 25% and 75% of their debt under new rules unveiled Tuesday by the U.S. Education Department.
DeVos Launches Latest Bid to Revamp Student Loan Forgiveness Plan | Courthouse News Service
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took another crack at revamping a student loan forgiveness program Tuesday, affecting thousands of students who took out federal loans to attend for-profit colleges that solicited attendance with fraudulent claims.
Education Department Erroneously Collected Additional Corinthian College Loans | Politico
In October, after the Trump administration initially said it erroneously collected on the loans of some 16,000 Corinthian borrowers, a federal judge held DeVos in contempt of court and imposed a $100,000 fine for violating an order to stop collecting on student loans from the defunct for-profit college. Now, according to the department, that means a total of 45,801 borrowers “were erroneously taken out of forbearance or stopped collections status.” That includes the roughly 29,000 newly identified borrowers, plus the original 16,034 borrowers. “FSA has now placed all 45,801 borrowers in the correct status,” the government’s court filing said.
Trump Administration Reveals That Far More Corinthian Colleges Students Faced Debt Collection in Violation of a Court Order | Washington Post
The Education Department revealed in a court filing this week that it identified an additional 29,000 former Corinthian Colleges students who were pursued for federal student loan payments despite a court order barring collection.
Over 45,000 Students Forced to Repay Loans by Mistake, DeVos Says | Courthouse News Service
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos forced more than 45,000 defrauded students to repay loans in violation of a court order – far more than the 16,000 originally estimated, the department revealed in a court filing Tuesday.
Education Department Doubles Number of Loans it Improperly Collected On | US News and World Report
In a monthly compliance report dated Dec. 1, department officials disclosed that a glitch in the agency’s monitoring system resulted in a major undercount of the number of borrowers who were incorrectly collected on, either in the form of traditional payments or wage and tax refund garnishments.
Devos Refuses To Forgive Student Debt For Those Defrauded By For-Profit Colleges | NPR
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is in a standoff with Democrats over why she is refusing to forgive the debts of tens of thousands of borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges.
Rising Debt and Fewer Regulations are Leaving Students Vulnerable to Predatory Colleges | NBC
Theresa Sweet’s parents gave her a 35-millimeter camera when she was in the third grade. She fondly recalls saving her allowance to develop film as she became the family photographer. It was a gift that would change her life forever, setting her on a path into the world of for-profit colleges.
Trump Admin Backtracks on Bid to Stop $100K Fine | Politico
The Trump administration is withdrawing its request that a federal judge reconsider the $100,000 fine she imposed for violating a court order on student loan collection. The administration says it can’t yet be sure whether it’s in “full compliance” with that order.