Project on Predatory Student Lending
Statement on the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package and Student Loan Relief | Press Release
Project on Predatory Student Lending
Student Advocates Challenge DeVos’ Borrower Defense Rule | Press Release
The Washington Post
DeVos and Education Dept. could face new sanctions for violating a court order | The Washington Post
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.
Dept. of Education to Cancel $150 Million in Student Loan Debt | NBC News
The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday it would automatically cancel $150 million in student loans connected to for-profit colleges that closed in recent years. The move was made under an Obama-era policy that a federal judge in October essentially forced U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to implement. The story was first reported by Politico.
Former ITT Tech Students Get $600M in Debt Relief from Bankruptcy Judge | Indianapolis Business Journal
While the bankruptcy fight over failed for-profit educator ITT Educational Services continues, the biggest group involved in the legal battle has scored a big victory. In late November, a federal bankruptcy judge in Indianapolis gave final approval to a $600 million settlement that will affect about 750,000 former students of ITT Technical Institute.
Update | ITT Students’ $1.5 Billion Bankruptcy Settlement Approved by Judge
On Wednesday, November 28, the judge in the ITT bankruptcy case gave final approval to the settlement between the student class and the estate of ITT. The settlement is a big victory for former ITT students who were defrauded by the school and provides important relief.
ITT Tech Students Score Victory in Bankruptcy Settlement | Washington Post
As creditors of ITT Educational Services fight over the remaining assets of the defunct for-profit college operator, one group has secured a significant victory in the bankruptcy proceedings: former students. On Wednesday, a federal judge gave final approval to a settlement that will erase nearly $600 million that 750,000 students owed ITT Technical Institute. The agreement, which was first announced in January, will also refund $3 million that students paid the for-profit chain.
These For-Profit College Students Hope for Debt Relief as a Debate About Their Loans Rages in Washington | MarketWatch
Seth Pontiff has been waiting for three years to hear whether the $80,000 in loans he took out attending ITT Technical Institute — a for-profit college that closed in 2016 amid allegations of false advertising — will be discharged by the government.
DeVos Proposes to Curtail Debt Relief for Defrauded Students | New York Times
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed on Wednesday to curtail Obama administration loan forgiveness rules for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, requiring that student borrowers show they have fallen into hopeless financial straits or prove that their colleges knowingly deceived them.
SEC’s $300,000 ITT Settlement Leaves Trail of Questions | Indianapolis Business Journal
The Securities and Exchange Commission came at ITT Educational Services Inc.’s two top executives with guns blazing three years ago, declaring that CEO Kevin Modany and Chief Financial Officer Daniel Fitzpatrick “engineered a campaign of deception and half-truths.”
Students Cry for Debt Relief After For-Profit College Collapse, While Executives Admit No Wrongdoing | Market Watch
As a young high school graduate, Joseph Schettler had dreams of working for the FBI or becoming a forensic psychologist. He took steps to make those dreams a reality. Schettler became the first person in his family to go to college, enrolling in the criminal justice program at ITT Tech in 2006 with assurances from the school that he would surely get a job in his field.
ITT Execs Offered ‘Sweetheart Deal’ | Politico
That’s how lawyers representing defrauded ITT students are describing the settlement reached late last week between the Securities Exchange Commission and two former senior executives of ITT Educational Services Inc., the company behind a troubled for-profit college that shuttered in 2016.