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Update | Project on Predatory Student Lending Partners with Lawyers’ Committee on Harvard Law Review Blog Post

Toby Merrill, Eileen Connor, and Josh Rovenger from the Project on Predatory Student Lending recently partnered with Brenda Shum and Genevieve Bonadies at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on a blog post for the Harvard Law Review Blog.

Update | Department of Education’s Proposed New Borrower Defense Rule Enables Predatory For-Profit Colleges And Harms Students

Today, the Department of Education proposed a new borrower defense rule that strips away borrower rights, encourages the predatory behaviors of bad actors in higher education, and once again, benefits the for-profit college industry instead of students.

Update | Information About Art Institutes Closures and Bankruptcies

February 28, 2019 update In January of 2019, Dream Center entered into a federal receivership. When Dream Center entered receivership, it had not distributed the federal student aid stipends to Argosy University students. If you are an Argosy University student, click here for more information. Posted July 4, updated July 13, 2018 The Project on…

Update | Injunction Against Department of Education: What it Means and What Happens Next

On May 25, 2018, a federal court in San Francisco granted our motion for a preliminary injunction, ordering the Department of Education to stop using its “average rulings rule” immediately, and to stop collecting the loans of certain Corinthian borrowers.

Update | Project on Predatory Student Lending Hiring a Racial Justice Fellow

The Project on Predatory Student Lending is excited to announce a one-year fellowship! The racial justice fellow will develop cutting-edge litigation to combat the discriminatory efforts of current higher education policies, and lead outreach efforts by engaging with existing clients and community partners and forging new partnerships with communities impacted by the predatory for-profit industry. For…

Update | When Student Debt is Not Only Predatory, But Racist

Predatory colleges exploit the promise of higher education by targeting African Americans and people of color with lies and deceptive marketing tactics. An ad used to run on daytime TV: a young woman of color is talking about how she “has a young child” and needs to “hold down the household.” But this didn’t stop…

Update | ITT Students’ $1.5 Billion Settlement Heard by Judge In Bankruptcy

Today, former ITT students proposed a $1.5 billion settlement claim in bankruptcy court that would cancel more than $500 million in debts. All participants in the case and members of the class have until April 24 to submit their views of the settlement with the court before it is heard for final approval on June 13.  This is good news for former ITT students, but there is still a long way to go.

Update | Proposed Settlement to be Heard January 24

A year ago former ITT students filed a complaint against ITT and a class Proof of Claim in the ITT bankruptcy case. In this last year we have worked hard to fight on behalf of the Student Class, including urging the Trustee to stop collection on all debt owed directly to ITT.

Update | Department of Education Illegally Slashes Debt Relief for Corinthian Borrowers

Martin was talked into WyoTech’s automotive technology program instead of community college. But the program was a complete fraud – he rarely touched a car while there, and the great jobs promised to him were unavailable.

Update | Former For-Profit College Students Ask Federal Court to Void Student Loan Debt

Yesterday, Tina Carr and Yvette Colon, two former defrauded students of the for-profit Sanford-Brown Institute in New York, sued the Department of Education (Department) and Navient to block the enforcement of their student loan debt. They sued because of the Department’s failure to act on thousands of borrower defense applications by former students whose debts it has…