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Student Borrower Advocates Ask Education Department to Cancel 25+-Year-Old Debts from Closed For-Profit Colleges | Press Release

Student borrower advocates submitted a group closed school discharge request today to the U.S. Department of Education on behalf of all student borrowers, including their clients, who attended a for-profit school listed in the Department’s official closed school search file with a closure date prior to January 1, 1994. Due to the timing of their loans, these borrowers lack access to alternative borrower defense rights to cancel their loans.

Education Department’s Student Loan Discharges Represent Only 6% of Unresolved Borrower Defense Claims | Press Release

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will cancel $415 million in federal student loans for approximately 16,000 borrowers, including former students of the for-profit colleges ITT Tech, Corinthian Colleges, DeVry University, Westwood College, Marinello Schools of Beauty, and Minnesota School of Business/Globe University. The Department described its findings as “instances in which students were misled into loans at institutions or programs that could not deliver what they’d promised.”

New Report Details Massive Scale of Fraud and Abuse at Notorious For-Profit College ITT Tech | Press Release

The Project on Predatory Student Lending today released a new report detailing the massive scale of fraud and abuse by the defunct for-profit college ITT Tech. The report, “Dreams Destroyed: How ITT Technical Institute Defrauded a Generation of Students” was made public and sent today to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. It presents the largest volume of evidence compiled on ITT, including thousands of ITT’s own internal records. The documents unequivocally show that ITT was not a legitimate educational institution: it systematically and brazenly lied to students in order to profit from their federal financial aid.

Advocates and Borrowers Raise Significant Concerns as ED Declines to Name For-Profit College Borrowers to Rulemaking Committee on Borrower Defense | Press Release

The Project on Predatory Student Lending today raised significant concerns that the U.S. Department of Education has failed to select any former for-profit college borrowers for its negotiated rulemaking committee, including rejecting a nominee with the support of more than 1,200 former for-profit college students – the very people who have been most significantly harmed by the broken borrower defense process.

Statement on Extended Closed School Discharges for ITT Borrowers | Press Release

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will make $1.1 billion in closed school discharges available to an additional 115,000 borrowers who attended the now-defunct ITT Technical Institute (ITT). According to the Department, this segment of borrowers includes those who did not complete their degree or credential and left ITT on or after March 31, 2008. 

Statement on Education Department Approving ITT Borrower Defense Claims | Press Release

Today, the Department of Education announced that it will approve the borrower defense applications of a select 18,000 student borrowers who attended ITT Technical Institute (ITT). According to the Department, the borrowers will receive 100 percent loan discharges, resulting in approximately $500 million in relief.

Statement on Legislative Plan to Cancel Fraudulent Corinthian and ITT Student Debt | Press Releases

Senators Durbin, Brown, and Warren, and Congressmembers Takano and Jayapal introduced a legislative plan to completely cancel the loans of borrowers who have long been deemed eligible for borrower defense discharge.

“COVID College Cons” Series Exposes Predatory For-Profit Colleges Targeting Students During COVID-19 Crisis | Press Release

A new series of articles called “COVID College Cons” launched by Republic Report and the Project on Predatory Student Lending to expose the predatory tactics that for-profit colleges are using right now to scam students in the midst of an economic and public health crisis. The purpose of this series is to warn the public about the schemes and help protect them from fraud.

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.

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.