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

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

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Statement on the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package and Student Loan Relief | Press Release

New Marching Orders for Civil Rights Probes | Politico

The Trump administration sent the clearest signal yet that it will take a different approach on Title IX enforcement when it issued a memo this month telling civil rights investigators to investigate only specific allegations in complaints — rather than take the systemic approach favored by the Obama administration.

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Former For-Profit Students Intervene in Borrower-Defense Lawsuit | Inside Higher ED

Two former students of an Education Management Corporation-owned for-profit college have filed suit to intervene as defendants in a lawsuit challenging borrower-defense regulations. The Department of Education cited the lawsuit, which was brought by an association of California for-profit colleges, in announcing a delay of the borrower-defense rule this week.

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Betsy DeVos Is Halting Protections For For-Profit College Students | BuzzFeed

In federal filings, the Education Department said it would renegotiate the federal “gainful employment” rule, which stops government money from flowing to for-profit colleges whose students take on too much debt, but earn little after they graduate. Years in the making — it went into effect in 2015 after surviving two lengthy court battles with the for-profit college industry — the regulation is arguably the most significant piece of President Obama’s higher education legacy.

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Betsy DeVos Delays 2 Obama-Era Rules Designed to Protect Students from Predatory For-Profit Colleges | The Washington Post

The Trump administration is suspending two key rules from the Obama administration that were intended to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges, saying it will soon start the process to write its own regulations.

The move made Wednesday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was a victory for Republican lawmakers and for-profit colleges that had lobbied against the rules. Critics denounced it, accusing the administration of essentially selling out students to help for-profit colleges stay in business.

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18 States Sue Betsy DeVos Over Student Loan Protections | The New York Times

Democratic attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Education Department and its secretary, Betsy DeVos, challenging the department’s move last month to freeze new rules for erasing the federal loan debt of student borrowers who were cheated by colleges that acted fraudulently.

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Fighting Back Against For-Profit Universities | Boston Globe

When Stephano Del Rose enrolled in the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, he had bold dreams of a future in Web design and filmmaking. Lured by promises of cutting-edge digital equipment, internships, and industry connections, Del Rose, now 25, quickly signed on. But his enrollment contract instead led to a world of broken promises, heavy debt, and limited legal options.

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Update | Project on Predatory Student Lending Attorney Eileen Connor Wins Major Second Circuit Victory against the Department of Education

Project on Predatory Student Lending Attorney Eileen Connor won her appeal against the Department of Education, contending that it should stop trying to collect on loans given to students who attended schools operated by Wilfred American Educational Corporation (Wilfred) because the Department knew that Wilfred routinely lied about student loan eligibility.

Court Revives Suit Against U.S. Over Fraudulent Student Loans | New York Law Journal

Former beauty school students may pursue claims that the U.S. Department of Education defied federal law by collecting student loans it knew may have been obtained fraudulently, a federal appeals court determined.

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Update | Two Project on Predatory Student Lending Alumni Testify to Department of Education

Two alumni of the Project on Predatory Student Lending testified to the Department of Education in support of the rights of borrowers treated unfairly by for-profit colleges to a fair, effective, and efficient process to get their federal student loans discharge

U.S. Must Face Lawsuit Over Beauty School Student Loans | Reuters

A U.S. appeals court in New York revived a lawsuit seeking to stop the government from collecting on loans made to students of a nationwide beauty school chain, since it knew the now-defunct company routinely falsified student eligibility for those loans.

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