Posts Tagged: ‘ITT Technical Institute’

Bankruptcy Court Settlement Could Bring $600 Million in Student Loan Debt Relief to ITT Students

January 8, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Students who attended ITT Technical Institute could have $600 million in student loan debt canceled under a new proposed court settlement. The settlement acknowledges that students who attended the college between 2006 and 2016 have a $1.5 billion claim against ITT.  This means that if any money is left over from the school’s assets after its bankruptcy, students could receive a portion of it.

Since ITT abruptly closed its nearly 140 campuses nationwide and declared bankruptcy in the fall of 2016, students have been desperate to seek financial relief.  Nationwide, ITT Tech had an estimated 35,000 students enrolled in classes.

Last January, a group of students led by the Harvard project, filed a lawsuit claiming that they had a right to ITT’s remaining assets, like any other creditor in a bankruptcy case. They claimed that ITT employed aggressive tactics to recruit them.  After recruitment, the students’ allege they were deceived or misled on multiple fronts.  This deception included the cost of attendance, the school’s accreditation status, the experience of instructors, and the likelihood of job placement and salaries they would earn after graduation.

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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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Most Student Loan Fraud Claims Involve For-Profits, according to recent study

November 15, 2017 Posted by kingcade

An analysis of Education Department data reveals that students who attended for-profit colleges filed more than 98 percent of the requests for student loan forgiveness alleging fraud by their schools.  Century Foundation found nearly 100,000 loan forgiveness claims (known as borrower defense to repayment) have been received over the past two decades, which paints a troubling picture of the state of for-profit higher education in the United States.

The study found “a disproportionate concentration of predatory behavior among for-profit colleges” that raises “serious concerns about the federal government’s current approach to providing relief to students who have been defrauded and misled.”

For-profit colleges expanded rapidly over the past two decades, with enrollment rising from around 230,000 in the early 1990s to a record 2 million in 2010. These for-profit schools recruited aggressively, targeting more “non-traditional” students, usually older people who had jobs and could only study part time.

They also heavily targeted women, people of color and veterans. But after graduating, many students struggled to find jobs they were promised or had difficulty transferring credits to other schools.  This lead to a massive increase in student loan defaults.  A 2010 government study found that all of the 15 for-profit colleges evaluated by undercover agents made deceptive statements to prospective students and four of them encouraged fraudulent practices.

The report comes as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faces criticism for not moving forward with two Obama-era regulations that would have added protections for student borrowers.  The rules, known as borrower defense to repayment, were developed after a series of high-profile collapses of for-profit chains such as Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute left thousands of students with worthless degrees and mountains of student loan debt.  The regulations were scheduled to take effect on June 30.

However, the review of tens of thousands of claims has stalled and the AP reported last month that the department is considering abandoning the practice of full loan cancellation in favor of partial forgiveness.  Student advocates are pointing to the Trump administration’s ties to the for-profit industry and accuse DeVos of putting industry over 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Education Secretary Sued for Delaying Rules Protecting Student Loan Borrowers

July 17, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being sued by eighteen states for allegedly delaying new federal regulations designed to protect student loan borrowers from being scammed by for-profit colleges and other schools.  The rules, known as borrower defense to repayment, were developed after a series of high-profile collapses of for-profit chains such as Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute left thousands of students with worthless degrees and mountains of student loan debt.  The regulations were developed by the Obama administration and scheduled to take effect on June 30.

Last month DeVos delayed the implementation and launched an effort to rewrite the rules, arguing they were putting taxpayers at risk for “significant costs.” The lawsuit, filed by attorneys general from 18 states plus the District of Columbia, said DeVos’ violated the Administrative Procedures Act because she did not satisfy the standards for a delay, and failed to give the proper notice or offer the public time to comment.

“These rules served as critical protections against predatory for-profit schools that exploit hard-working students–students who are simply trying to invest in their own education and future,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who also was among those filing the suit.

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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.

SEC Settles Fraud Charges against ITT Technical Institute

July 6, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The fraud case has been settled against ITT Technical Institute, but the Securities Exchange Commission continues to pursue top executives from the college for deceiving investors about the high rates of late payments and the number of defaults on student loans backed by the company.

ITT executives assured investors in conference calls that the programs were performing well when in fact the company was making secret payments on the delinquent accounts to delay defaults, according to the complaint.

ITT Technical Institute ended its operations in September, shutting down 137 campuses after the U.S. Department of Education cut off access to federal loans and grants and threatened to pull the school’s accreditation amid mounting lawsuits and investigations.  The company filed for bankruptcy protection, leaving 35,000 students with worthless degrees and many with high interest student loan debt.

The student loan programs are what is at the heart of the SEC lawsuit.  ITT created two in-house student loan programs.  To get investors to finance the programs, the company offered a guarantee to limit the risk of students not repaying the debt.  According to the complaint, if a certain percentage of loans defaulted, the company agreed to cover the principal, interest and fees.

The SEC said investors did not have accurate information about the performance of the debt because ITT kept the loan programs off its balance sheets.  Regulators said executives failed to tell investors that the company was facing $30 million in guarantee obligation payments at the end of 2012 and used accounting tricks to cover up the numbers.

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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.

Trump Administration Delays Student Loan Forgiveness Program

June 26, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The federal student loan forgiveness program established to refund borrowers who were defrauded by their schools has been put on hold until further notice, according to the Department of Education.  This applies to Corinthian College students who were defrauded by the school’s deceptive advertising and false job placement rates.  Approximately 15,000 student loan forgiveness claims from Corinthian students had been approved as of October 2016.

Here are the requirements for qualifying for a borrower defense federal loan discharge:

  • If your school misled you in any way about your loans or education program;
  • If your school violated certain state laws, such as consumer protection statutes or laws related to your loan or educational services.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said on June 14 that last year’s expansion of the forgiveness rules “missed an opportunity to get it right.” Several Democratic senators are demanding answers and asking the Dept. of Education to provide detailed information regarding loan forgiveness applications and approvals for past students of Corinthian Colleges, along with two other failed for-profit college chains: ITT Technical Institute and American Career Institute.

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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.