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DeVos and Education Dept. could face new sanctions for violating a court order | The Washington Post

Former executives of defunct for-profit college firm ITT settle fraud charges with SEC | Washington Post

Former top executives at ITT Educational Services, the parent company of defunct ITT Technical Institute, have settled fraud cases with the Securities and Exchange Commission, avoiding a trial slated to begin Monday. A judgment order entered Friday puts to rest civil fraud charges filed in 2015 against former ITT chief executive Kevin Modany and former chief financial officer Daniel Fitzpatrick for allegedly deceiving investors about high rates of late payments and defaults on student loans backed by the company.

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On ITT and the Education Department, No More Excuses [Op-Ed] | The Washington Post

For years, predatory for-profit colleges have exploited the promise of higher education, cheating students and leaving them in mountains of debt they never should have had. Making it worse, the industry has been enabled by a Department of Education that has made excuse after excuse about why it can not step in to help students.

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Students from Defunct ITT Tech Get a Shot at Claiming School’s Remaining Assets | The Washington Post

A federal judge approved a settlement Wednesday allowing former students at ITT Technical Institute to participate in the bankruptcy proceedings of its parent company, giving them a shot at the remaining assets of one of the nation’s largest for-profit college operators.

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ITT Students’ $1.5 Billion Settlement Heard by Judge In Bankruptcy Settlement Today | Press Release

More than $500 Million In Student Debts Would Be Cancelled Due To ITT’s Fraudulent Actions; Landmark Settlement Builds Case For Department Of Education To Cancel Loans of Former ITT Students

Update | ITT Students’ $1.5 Billion Settlement Heard by Judge In Bankruptcy

Today, former ITT students proposed a $1.5 billion settlement claim in bankruptcy court that would cancel more than $500 million in debts. All participants in the case and members of the class have until April 24 to submit their views of the settlement with the court before it is heard for final approval on June 13.  This is good news for former ITT students, but there is still a long way to go.

Bankruptcy Court Settlement Could Bring Relief to Some ITT Students | The Boston Globe

Thousands of students nationwide who attended the now-defunct ITT Technical Institute would have nearly $600 million in loans canceled under a proposed court settlement, a significant win for consumers in Massachusetts and elsewhere who have long claimed that the for-profit chain defrauded them out of money and an education.

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Update | Proposed Settlement to be Heard January 24

A year ago former ITT students filed a complaint against ITT and a class Proof of Claim in the ITT bankruptcy case. In this last year we have worked hard to fight on behalf of the Student Class, including urging the Trustee to stop collection on all debt owed directly to ITT.

Duped into Paying for Worthless Degrees, these Former For-Profit College Students Could Get Their Money Back | MarketWatch

Former students of a for-profit college who say they were duped into paying for worthless degrees could get some of their money back, thanks to a recent motion in the now-defunct school’s bankruptcy case.

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Update | ITT Trustee to Stop Collection on All “Temporary Credit” Accounts

On May 18, the court overseeing ITT’s bankruptcy case approved a motion to stop collection on all ITT “Temporary Credits.” ITT used unfair and deceptive tactics to get students to sign up for Temporary Credits, including by describing Temporary Credits as grants and threatening to expel students if they did not agree to the debt. Even after ITT filed for bankruptcy, its servicers and debt collectors continued to harass students to collect these Temporary Credits.

Update | January 30th ITT Bankruptcy Hearing

On Monday, January 30, the judge in ITT’s bankruptcy granted former ITT students’ request that they be recognized as having filed a group claim despite the trustee’s objection, and recognized the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School as students’ counsel for this initial stage of their case.