Borrowers Seek to Hold Secretary DeVos in Contempt of Court for Refusing to Decide Borrower Defense Application | Press Release
Student borrowers filed a motion to hold Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to decide the borrower defense application filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General on behalf of approximately 7,200 former Corinthian Colleges students in Massachusetts.
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.
Congress Fails To Override Trump’s Veto on Secretary DeVos’ Devastating New Borrower Defense Rule | Press Release
U.S. House of Representatives failed to override President Trump’s veto of bipartisan legislation that would overturn the devasting DeVos borrower defense rule. The rule eliminates vital protections for student borrowers and imposes nearly impossible standards for students defrauded by predatory schools to assert their rights to loan cancellation.
Students Challenge Education Department’s Latest Scheme to Deny Student-Loan Relief | Press Release
A Trump administration rule that denies loan relief to many students cheated by their schools is deeply flawed and should be overturned, Public Citizen and the Project on Predatory Student Lending told a court today. The groups represent student borrowers in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Education’s new “partial relief” rule.
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.
Predatory Schools Keep Trying to Rip Off Students Amid Economic Meltdown, Pandemic | Press Release
A group of for-profit colleges appealed a federal court decision upholding a Dept. of Education rule from 2016 intended to stop schools from forcing defrauded students into secretive, out-of-court arbitrations. Lawyers from Public Citizen and the Project representing for-profit college students in the case are condemning the move.
Statement on the Economic Stimulus Package and the Imperative to Cancel For-Profit College Student Debt | Press Release
As the government considers measures to mitigate the extreme financial burden COVID-19 has placed on citizens across the country, the Project on Predatory Student Lending urges Congress and the Department of Education to activate their authority and cancel all for-profit college debt immediately.
Congress Rejects DeVos’ Borrower Defense Rollback | Press Release
In a rare bipartisan vote, the Senate rebuked Secretary DeVos by voting to overturn the 2019 borrower defense rule. This resolution would leave the 2016 borrower defense rule in place and prohibit the Department from attempting to make new borrower defense regulations.
Education Department Must Stop Funding For-Profit Colleges That Force Students to Arbitrate
Following a Friday court decision upholding U.S. Department of Education rules intended to stop schools from forcing defrauded students into secretive out-of-court arbitrations, lawyers representing for-profit college students are urging the department to follow that rule and cut off funding of for-profit colleges that violate it.
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.