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Congress Urged To Stop Propping Up Fraudulent For-Profit Colleges With Federal Pell Grants | Press Release

As part of President Biden’s Build Back Better framework, Democrats in Congress have proposed restricting for-profit colleges from receiving federal funds in the form of Pell Grant awards, a student aid program for those with significant financial need. “Congress should no longer prop this fraudulent industry up with taxpayer funds…that are supposed to help the lowest income students.”

Statement on Education Department Rescinding Partial Relief Policy | Press Release

Today, the Department of Education rescinded its second partial relief policy. Its first was enjoined by a federal court in Calvillo Manriquez v. DeVos. This second policy has been challenged in Pratt v. DeVos. This policy was layered on top of the harmful 2019 borrower defense rules, and its repeal does not affect those rules.

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

A class action was filed against Florida-based for-profit college chain, Florida Career College (FCC), for selling a predatory product using false representations and high-pressure sales tactics that leave students in mountains of debt they cannot repay and systematically targeting Black students.

Student Advocates Announce Closed School Discharges for Over 30,000 Student Borrowers | Press Release

Student Defense and the Project on Predatory Student Lending issued statements today responding to the U.S. Department of Education’s confirmation that it had discharged loans for over 30,000 student borrowers under the automatic closed school discharge provision of the 2016 borrower defense rule. The discharges include roughly $95.1 million in relief for approximately 7,700 former students of the predatory for-profit college, ITT Tech.

Students Seek More Sanctions Against Secretary DeVos Following Disclosure of Tripled Illegal Loan Collections | Press Release

BOSTON– Former Corinthian Colleges students are asking a court to increase the monetary penalty against the Department of Education in light of the Department’s disclosure that it collected from nearly triple the 16,000 students it originally disclosed, and that originally got it held in contempt and fined $100,000. The Department’s latest report, along with additional…

New Data Reveals DeVos Illegally Collected From Additional 17,258 Corinthian Students | Press Release

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos revealed that an additional 17,258 student borrowers were illegally collected upon by her Department in direct violation of a court order, more than quadruple the number she had previously disclosed in October.

DeVos Held In Contempt For Illegal Collection of Student Debts | Press Release

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been held in civil contempt and sanctioned for her illegal collection of student loan debts, a federal judge ruled today.

UPDATE: Judge “extremely disturbed” by DeVos’ illegal court violation “16,000 times” | Press Release

At today’s hearing, Judge Sallie Kim lifted the stay in the class action lawsuit on behalf Corinthian College borrowers and promised to rule on whether the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos will be held in contempt and face sanctions.

Project on Predatory Student Lending Statement on Education Department’s Processing of Automatic Closed School Discharges For Former ITT Students | Press Release

The Project on Predatory Student Lending today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education confirmed it has finally begun to process automatic closed school loan discharges for a select group of former students of the predatory for-profit college, ITT Tech.

Judge Declares Department of Education’s Seizure of Corinthian Colleges Borrowers’ Tax Refunds Illegal | Press Release

A federal judge ruled that the Department of Education illegally took the tax refunds of two former Corinthian College students to pay their student loans, without addressing the assertion that these loans are fraudulent and unenforceable. Now, the Department may not take their tax refunds unless and until it makes a reasoned decision about the assertions of fraud.