Posts Tagged: ‘borrower defense’

Surge in Student Loan Debt Cancellation Requests

May 26, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The Obama administration has received nearly 20,000 applications from Americans seeking to have their student loan debt cancelled on the grounds they were deceived by the universities they attended. The increase has led to the government forgiving tens of millions of dollars for borrowers.

Under a decade-old law, known as the “borrower defense,” borrowers are entitled to have their loans forgiven if they can prove their school used deceptive advertising and recruiting practices. This law had sat dormant for years. However, last year the Education Department, at the urging of student activists, started using the law to cancel loans taken out by former students of Corinthian Colleges. The for-profit chain was liquidated in bankruptcy last year after federal regulators accused it of running advertisements that cited false statistics on the employment status and earnings of graduates.

As of January, the agency had received about 7,500 applications for forgiveness from borrowers owing a combined $164 million.  The agency continues to review applications on a case-by-case basis. It has agreed to cancel more than $27 million in debt for 3,421 borrowers, many of them former Corinthian students.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

How Victims of School Fraud Can Apply for Student Loan Forgiveness

January 21, 2016 Posted by kingcade

This past year, thousands of student loan borrowers have discovered that they can apply to have their student loan debt forgiven. The forgiveness program was enacted in 1994 is called the “borrower defense” or “defense to repayment.” The program is intended to assist students’ whose schools violated a state law during the recruiting process.  However, the vague nature of the program has forced the Education Department to begin drafting new rules that will clarify what is required to prove fraud.

How To Apply

Anyone who has borrowed from the government’s Direct Loan program for any institution is eligible to apply for the forgiveness program. If you wish to apply for the program, visit: https://borrowerdischarge.ed.gov and fill out the online application. Although it states that the application is for Corinthian College borrowers, any eligible student from any college can apply.

The U.S. Education Department has hired a “special master” to review the applications and make recommendations to the agency. Two reports have been issued since and can be found at:

https://www2.ed.gov/documents/press-releases/report-special-master-borrower-defense-1.pdf

https://www2.ed.gov/documents/press-releases/report-special-master-borrower-defense-2.pdf

For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2016/01/20/student-debt-forgiveness-for-victims-of-school-fraud-at-a-glance/