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Former Students of Defunct ITT Tech Receive $95.1 Million Loan Relief | Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The Education Department is providing loan relief to some 7,800 former students of the ITT Technical Institute, with debts totaling $95.1 million being forgiven by the government years after the giant for-profit school chain closed. The department said that it has identified 7,878 former students of ITT Tech as eligible for a program in which loans are discharged automatically within three years of a school closure. Of those borrowers who attended the school, 7,697 had received loan forgiveness as of Jan. 3.

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Defrauded college students will no longer be taxed on their canceled loans | Washington Post

Student loan borrowers whose education debt has been canceled because their college closed or engaged in fraud will no longer face a tax bill, relief that arrives as applications for forgiveness continue to grow. On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance shielding borrowers from having their discharged federal and private loans treated as taxable income. The measure is effective for education loans canceled on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Anyone affected by the new policy may claim a credit or refund for an overpayment of taxes.

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Legislators Are Trying to Block Devos’ Rule on Student Loan Forgiveness—Here’s What You Need to Know | Newsweek

The House of Representatives will vote on a resolution that could stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ borrower defense rule from going into effect, and supporters of the measure say it’s time for legislators to choose a side. Senators will now have a chance to go on the record: Are you with the students or the predatory industry that defrauded them with worthless degrees and a lifetime of debt?” Senator Dick Durbin said in a statement introducing the resolution in September.

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Elizabeth Warren Says She Would Eliminate Student Debt On Day One Of Her Presidency | HuffPost

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has said that she would wipe out student loan debt for a vast majority of the nation’s borrowers. On Tuesday, she unveiled a plan to do it starting day one of her presidency.

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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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Corinthian Colleges Students Want Education Dept. to Face Additional Sanctions for Violating a Court Order | Washington Post

Former Corinthian Colleges students are asking a federal judge to impose higher fines against the Education Department after the agency disclosed it pursued scores of additional borrowers for debt collection in violation of a court order.

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Betsy DeVos: Income to Decide Education Loan Fraud Forgiveness | Ask the Truth

Overburdened by education loan is a common narrative associated with almost every other student in the US, but what seems tough, is about to get tougher. As per the new plan unveiled by the US Education Department, students who are cheated by their colleges will receive full loan forgiveness, only if they end up earning far less than their peers.

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Betsy DeVos Forced Students Defrauded by For-Profit Colleges to Repay Loans | Truthout

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos overruled career staff at the department’s Borrower Defense Unit, deciding to force student borrowers to partially pay back their loans even though they had been defrauded by for-profit colleges, according to documents obtained by NPR.

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Betsy DeVos Ignored her Own Staff, Forced Students Defrauded by For-Profit Colleges to Pay | Salon

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos overruled career staff at the department’s Borrower Defense Unit, deciding to force student borrowers to partially pay back their loans even though they had been defrauded by for-profit colleges, according to documents obtained by NPR.

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Why Defrauded Students Still Can’t Get Debt Relief | The Takeaway

Tens of thousands of students across the country have been defrauded by for-profit colleges. On Wednesday, NPR reported on internal documents that show how career staffers at the Department of Education believed that students in these situations should have their debts forgiven, but that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos overruled them.

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