News

Featured News

Press Releases
Project on Predatory Student Lending

Students Challenge Education Department’s Latest Scheme to Deny Student-Loan Relief | Press Release

Press Releases
Project on Predatory Student Lending

Florida For-Profit Colleges Sued for Selling Predatory Product and Targeting Black Students | Press Release

Press Releases
Project on Predatory Student Lending

Student Borrower Class Forces Department of Education to Process All Pending Borrower Defense Claims | Press Release

Education Dept. Will Cancel $150 Million in Student Debt After Judge’s Order | New York Times

The Education Department is wiping $150 million in federal student loans off the books, and has begun the process of informing thousands of borrowers that they no longer owe the government money because the schools they attended shut their doors. The loan forgiveness, announced this week, applies to about 15,000 borrowers as federal education officials begin to carry out new rules that they fought in court for more than a year before giving up in October.

Read More

Education Department to Cancel $150M of Debt for Borrowers at Closed Schools | Politico Pro

The Education Department plans to expunge the federal student loans owed by thousands of borrowers whose education was interrupted by the closure of their college, carrying out an Obama-era policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had fought to stop. Department officials said Thursday that they will cancel the loans of about 15,000 borrowers who qualified for “closed school” loan discharges but who haven’t yet applied for that benefit. Those student loans total approximately $150 million.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Borrowers Face Hazy Path as Program to Forgive Student Loans Stalls Under Betsy DeVos | New York Times

The students attended institutions with pragmatic names like the Minnesota School of Business and others whose branding evoked ivy-draped buildings and leafy quads, like Corinthian Colleges. Tens of thousands of them say they are alike in one respect: They were victims of fraud, left with useless degrees and crushing debts.

Read More

What Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers Need to Know | U.S. News & World Report

Defrauded student loan borrowers will see some relief, thanks to an Obama-era rule a federal judge ordered immediately implemented Tuesday. The 2016 borrower defense rule outlines a way for student borrowers to apply for loan forgiveness if they were defrauded or misled by their college.

Read More

Betsy DeVos Loses Major Battle Over Obama’s Student Loan Protections | Salon

Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, just lost a major court battle over consumer protections for Americans who take out student loans. U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss decided against the request from a group representing for-profit colleges to end regulations that help defrauded students receive federal loan forgiveness and forbid colleges from requiring students to go to arbitration to resolve complaints instead of taking matters to court, according to Politico.

Read More

Student Vets Win Too as Court Unchains Obama Loan Protection | Stars and Stripes

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of student veterans, despite having robust GI Bill education benefits, contend they were deceived into racking up federal loan debt through abusive practices of certain for-profit colleges. On Tuesday these students, along with thousands of non-veterans, gained an easier path to loan forgiveness from a federal court ruling in Washington, D.C.

Read More

Borrowers Win vs. Predators | Boston Herald

Student borrowers prevailed yesterday when a judge refused a request from Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to block the borrower defense rule, which aims to protect borrowers from predatory colleges and universities.

Read More