North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein recently criticized the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for putting the interests of predatory for-profit schools ahead of the students she is sworn to protect. Secretary DeVos has proposed changes to the Department’s borrower defense protections that, if adopted, would make it more difficult for defrauded students to obtain financial relief, while giving unscrupulous and predatory schools unwarranted protections.
“Secretary DeVos’ priorities are upside down,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “We need to protect students, not for-profit colleges. When students borrow money to pay for higher education, they are investing in their future. They deserve fair rules that will protect them.”
Borrower defense is the process by which students who have been defrauded by their schools can have their federal student loans discharged. This rule was used by students after Corinthian College collapsed.
Attorney General Stein outlined a number of issues with the Department’s proposal, including:
Attorney General Stein is joined in writing this letter by the Attorneys General of California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.