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“We are calling on the Department to do what is right when it sees evidence of widespread fraud” – Statement on Approval Of Additional Student Borrower Defense Claims

Department of Education announced that it will approve borrower defense applications for a select 1,800 student borrowers who attended the predatory for-profit colleges of Westwood, Marinello, and the Court Reporting Institute. It will cancel all outstanding loan balances for these individuals, wiping out approximately $55.5 million in predatory student loan debt.

Updated Complaint: Education Department Officials Secretly Rigged Process to Deny Borrower Defense Applications for Debt Relief | Press Release

New evidence unveiled in lawsuit Sweet v. Cardona shows a sham process set up to deny defrauded borrowers debt relief regardless of the merits of their application.

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Today, the Department of Education rescinded its second partial relief policy.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.

Project Urges Secretary Cardona to Cancel Debts of For-Profit College Students Immediately | Press Release

The Project is asks newly-confirmed United States Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to cancel the debts of hundreds of thousands of former for-profit college students under his existing authority immediately.

Student Borrowers Ask Court to Allow Deposition of Betsy DeVos on Borrower Defense | Press Release

Student borrowers today moved to depose former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the class action lawsuit Sweet v. DeVos. The borrowers want DeVos to explain the reasoning for delays in processing the borrower defense claims.

“A new day for student borrowers”: Statement on Biden-Harris Reported Nomination of Miguel Cardona For Secretary of Education | Press Release

Today, it has been announced that President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris would nominate Miguel Cardona to serve as the Secretary of Education.

Judge Orders That Department of Education Cannot Resume Issuing Borrower Defense Denials Without Notifying Court and Borrowers | Press Release

A federal judge has ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S Department of Education to notify the court two weeks before it denies any more borrower defense claims from student loan borrowers cheated by their school.

In New Ruling, Judge Denies Borrower Defense Settlement Over Department of Education’s “Perfunctory, Alarmingly-Curt Denials” | Press Release

A federal court issued a new ruling in the borrower defense case Sweet v. DeVos that shuts down a proposed settlement, raises the possibility of an injunction against the Department’s blanket borrower defense denials, and takes the unusual step of allowing plaintiffs to take depositions of officials from the Department of Education.

Student Borrowers to Judge: Department of Education Can’t be Trusted to Process Borrower Defense Claims Fairly | Press Release

A federal judge today heard from student borrowers at a fairness hearing on the proposed settlement between students and the United States Department of Education that forces the Department to process all pending borrower defense claims.

Defrauded Student Borrowers Tell Court: Dept. is Acting in Bad Faith, Breaching Settlement in Denials of Borrower Defense Claims | Press Release

Student borrowers filed a motion asking for final approval of a settlement that forces the Department to process all pending borrower defense claims, while also asking the judge to enforce the terms of the settlement. The borrowers argue that the Department has already breached the settlement agreement, finalized in April, by issuing cursory, blanket denials of nearly all of the borrower defense claims it has decided.