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Students Sue Betsy DeVos for Halting Debt Relief From For-Profit Colleges | UPI

Over 150,000 former for-profit college students filed suit Tuesday against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos over halting their claims for debt relief. The former students claim that since Devos began her tenure with the department in February of 2017, she has halted students claims for discharge from student loan debt.

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Betsy DeVos Sued by Students Over Loan Forgiveness | Fox Business

Seven students filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday, related to the department’s student loan forgiveness program. The program was built around an Obama-era rule – the Borrower Defense to Repayment – which is being re-evaluated by DeVos. The rule was designed to help students who attended for-profit schools but were misled about job placement prospects and opportunities to cancel their debt.

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Student Loan Borrowers Who Say They Were Defrauded Sue Betsy DeVos | The Entrepreneur Fund

More than 150,000 former students of for-profit colleges filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday, claiming the agency is depriving them of the student debt relief to which they’re legally entitled. The plaintiffs, represented by Harvard Law School’s Project on Predatory Student Lending and Housing & Economic Rights Advocates, accuse the Department of Education under DeVos of failing to implement an Obama-era regulation known as “borrower defense, ” which allows students to have their federal student loans cancelled if their school misled them or engaged in other misconduct.

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People are Suing Betsy DeVos Over Student Loans they Say Should Have Been Forgiven | Fast Company

A group of former for-profit college students filed a potential class action against the Department of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Tuesday, saying they and nearly 160,000 others are waiting on the department to rule on whether they should have federal loans forgiven due to “their school’s misconduct.”

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DeVos Sued Over Stalled Processing of Student Loan Fraud Claims | Politico Pro

A group of former for-profit college students on Tuesday plan to file a proposed class action lawsuit that challenges the Trump administration’s failure to process a growing backlog of student loan fraud claims.

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Turning to Courts for Loan Forgiveness | Inside Higher Ed

Earlier this year, Sarah Dieffenbacher closed the book on a two-year legal fight with the U.S. Department of Education over her student loan debt. But the resolution was unsatisfying to Dieffenbacher. Instead of getting a ruling on the loan-forgiveness claim she filed for debt racked up at the former Everest College, the department discharged her loans through bankruptcy court.

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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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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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Feds Found Widespread Fraud at Corinthian Colleges. Why are Students Still Paying the Price? | The Washington Post

Nearly 80,000 students of defunct for-profit giant Corinthian Colleges are facing some form of debt collection, even though the U.S. Department of Education unearthed enough evidence of fraud to forgive their student loans, according to an investigation by the staff of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

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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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