More than 150,000 student loan borrowers have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Dept. of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos alleging they are being deprived of student loan debt forgiveness they are rightfully entitled to. The lawsuit accuses the Department of Education of failing to implement an Obama-era regulation known as “borrower defense, ” which allows students to have their federal student loans cancelled if their school misled them or engaged in other misconduct.
The attorney representing the Plaintiffs in the case say, “The law is clear: Students who experienced fraud should not be required to pay back federal loans that should never have been made by the Department in the first place.”
Borrower Defense Applications continue to pour in, but it has been reported that the Dept. of Education has not approved or denied a claim since June 2018. The majority of the complaints concern “for-profit” schools, of which there are some 7,000 around the country, which take in around 15% of government financial aid.
Last year, a federal judge ruled that DeVos’ delays of the borrower defense protections were unlawful. Still, the agency continues to neglect the applications.
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