Affidavit Submission

Tell the Court how the Department of Education's delay in processing your borrower defense application has impacted your life.

Have you submitted a borrower defense (defense to repayment) application to the Department of Education but have not received a decision? Read on!

On June 25, 2019, we filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Education because it is refusing to decide any borrower defense applications. In our lawsuit, we’re asking the Court to force the Department to start making decisions.

We’re asking the Court to allow us to represent all borrowers who have applied for borrower defense but who have not received a decision (like you!). To support this request, we’re going to need to show the Court how the Department’s refusal to make any borrower defense decisions is harming students. That’s where you come in.

This form will help you create an affidavit (written testimony) to share your story that we can use as evidence in our case. We think your experience is a critical piece of evidence explaining how borrowers are impacted by the Department’s inaction. We want the court to hear directly from students like you. Our goal is to share as many borrower defense applicants’ affidavits with the court as we can. We may not end up using all of the affidavits submitted, but by sending one in, you’re giving us permission to use it in our case.

Everything you say needs to be 100% accurate. What you write here is the same as if you were in a courtroom giving testimony. At the end, you have to sign under the pain and penalty of perjury (in other words, you’re swearing under oath that everything you put in it is true and that you could be subject to criminal liability if you intentionally lie).

After you submit this form, we’ll review it, format it, and send it back for your review.

Nothing in this form does, or is intended to, serve as a solicitation or offer to represent you concerning any legal problem. It does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and our law firm or any attorney with our firm. Because of this, the information you put into this form is not considered confidential.

If you have any questions, or want to discuss this further, please e-mail us at testimony@law.harvard.edu.