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Coalition Letter in Support of Repealing the 2019 Borrower Defense Rule (December 2019)

In September, the Department of Education released a new version of the “Borrower Defense to Repayment” rule that would make it virtually impossible for students cheated by their college to cancel their student loans. Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Susie Lee have introduced a Congressional Review Act challenge to repeal this rule and restore stronger student protections put in place in a 2016 rule. Today, 57 organizations released a letter supporting the Durbin-Lee efforts so that students who were fraudulently deceived or whose schools engaged in other illegal conduct can access relief from their student debts.


Letter from 42 Organizations Urging Senator Alexander to Protect Consumers and Taxpayers (October 2019)

42 organizations urge Senator Lamar Alexander to include robust consumer protection of students and taxpayers in any reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.


Top 10 Ways the New Borrower Defense Rule is Worse for Borrowers (September 2019)

Federal law allows students whose schools have defrauded or cheated them to have their loans discharged. Prior to 2016, there were few details in law or regulation about how borrowers could seek discharges or the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) process for adjudicating them. In 2016, the Obama Administration issued a rule to articulate clear processes for applying for and granting borrower defense discharges. Today, the Trump Administration released a new rule that will make it almost impossible for students to get relief. A joint fact sheet from TICAS, the Century Foundation, and National Consumer Law Center outlines the key differences between the rules.


Coalition Letter to the Department of Education (July 2019)

A letter to the Department of Education from 33 organizations working on behalf of students, consumers, veterans, faculty and staff, civil rights, and college access, expressing serious concerns about the proposed changes to regulations governing accreditation and in support of enforcement of 2016 state authorization regulations.


Coalition Letter Supporting the PROTECT Students Act (June 2019)

Fifty-six organizations wrote to Representatives Lee and DeLauro in support of the PROTECT Students Act.


Coalition Letter to Chairmen Lamar Alexander and Bobby Scot, and Ranking Members Patty Murray and Virginia Foxx (May 2019)

Coalition letter from 37 organizations representing the interests of more than 2 million military-connected current students in higher education writes to ensure that reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) increases college access and improves college completion for our nation’s service members, veteran, and their family members.


Coalition Letter to Senators Hassan and Durbin in Support of the PROTECT Students Act (April 2019)

Coalition letter from 56 organizations representing and advocating for students, families, taxpayers, veterans and service members, faculty and staff, civil rights and consumers, expressing strong support for the PROTECT Students Act.

What to Know About the Gainful Employment Rule 
(March 2019)

Fact sheet on the Gainful Employment (GE) rule. The Higher Education Act (HEA) requires that all career education programs receiving federal student aid “prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation,” however the HEA does not define “gainful employment.” The purpose of the Gainful Employment Rule is to provide that definition.


What to Know About the Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule (March 2019)

Fact sheet on the Borrower Defense to Repayment (BD) rule. The Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule offers students relief from federal loans borrowed based on fraudulent, misleading or illegal acts by their schools. Borrower defense is an established legal right for many forms of consumer credit, and it has been a part of the Higher Education Act for many years.


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