STATEMENT: “This hearing has made clear once again that Secretary DeVos won’t let the law get in the way of her agenda against students” | Press Release

December 12, 2019

Boston – The following is a statement of Toby Merrill, Director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending, on today’s congressional testimony by United States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.


“Secretary DeVos made her point very clear in today’s hearing: she does not believe that cheated borrowers are legally entitled to relief.


Today, we heard the stories of for-profit college students who were cheated by their schools and then illegally collected upon by Secretary DeVos’ Department of Education. They were unable to meet basic life needs like food, medical expenses, or rent as a result of her actions. These defrauded students aren’t looking for special treatment, they are simply asking the Department of Education to follow existing law and cancel their loans.


Secretary DeVos made it clear today that she does not acknowledge the fraud that occurred at Corinthian, ITT and other for-profit colleges. At Corinthian and ITT this wrongdoing was documented and is undisputed by the Department’s own findings, as well as other federal agencies and state attorneys general.


Students and taxpayers deserve a Department of Education that follows the law and enforces their rights. Instead, Secretary DeVos minimized the harm done to students, shifted blame for her illegal actions, and ignored students’ legal rights. It is clear we will need to go through the courts once again to get the Department to do the right thing for students.


We want to thank the members of the Committee for holding today’s hearing, shining a spotlight on the experiences of our clients and on our cases, and seeking to hold the Department of Education accountable.”


Our clients offer first-hand accounts of the irreparable harm caused by the Department of Education’s actions and disregard for their rights. Click here to read their stories.


About the Project on Predatory Student Lending

Established in 2012, the Project on Predatory Student Lending represents former students of predatory for-profit colleges. Its mission is to litigate to make it legally and financially impossible for federally-funded predatory schools to cheat students.


The Project has brought a wide variety of cases on behalf of former students of for-profit colleges. It has sued the federal Department of Education for its failures to meet its legal obligation to police this industry and stop the perpetration and collection of fraudulent student loan debt.