Who Supports Strong Borrower Defense Regulations?

Who Supports the Borrower Defense & College Accountability Regulation?

Final Borrower Defense and College Accountability Regulations

The Administration released final borrower defense and college accountability regulations on Friday, October 28, 2016. The news release announcing the rules and a summary of their key provisions is here. In addition to the regulations, a restoration of Pell Grant eligibility for students at closed schools was announced, and a report on the progress of borrower defense claims made in the wake of the closure of Corinthian Colleges was released.

Several organizations released statements on the final regulation, including:

American Federation of Teachers
Americans for Financial Reform
Consumers Union
Generation Progress
The Institute for College Access & Success
Project on Predatory Student Lending of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School
Public Citizen

Letter from 20 State Attorneys General Opposing Efforts to Weaken Student Protections — March 2017


Veterans and Military Organizations Letter Opposing Efforts to Weaken Student Protections — February 2017

Many organizations and elected officials submitted comments in support of strong rules during the public comment period for these protections. Links to comments from elected officials and select organizations are below.

Members of Congress | State Attorneys General | Organizations

Members of Congress

Letter from 20 U. S. Senators

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Senator Barbara Boxer

Senator Richard Blumenthal

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Robert Casey Jr.

Senator Richard Durbin

Senator Al Franken

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Patrick Leahy

Senator Edward Markey

Senator Barbara Mikulski

Senator Christopher Murphy

Senator Patty Murray

Senator Jack Reed

Senator Bernard Sanders

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Brian Schatz

Letter from 5 U. S. Senators

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin

U.S. Senator Al Franken

U.S. Senator Patty Murray

Letter from 2 U.S. Representatives

Representative Elijah Cummings

Representative Mark Takano

 

Letter from 18 State Attorneys General and 1 State Consumer Protection Office

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen

Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin

Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection Executive Director Stephen Levins

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Castor Jr.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine


Organizations

AFSCME

Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)

Alliance for Justice

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

Americans for Financial Reform   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Detailed Comments

Association of the United States Navy (AUSN)

Bay Area Legal Aid

Center for American Progress

Center for Justice & Democracy

Center for Public Interest Law of the University of San Diego

Center for Responsible Lending   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Children’s Advocacy Institute of the University of San Diego   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Civil Justice, Inc.

Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia

Consumer Action   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Consumer Federation of America   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Consumer Federation of California   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety

Consumers Union   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Detailed Comments

D.C. Consumer Rights Coalition

Demos   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

East Bay Community Law Center   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

The Education Trust

Empire Justice Center   Joint Letter   Joint Letter  Joint Letter

Equal Justice Works

Faculty Forward Network

Generation Progress   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Detailed Comments

Health, Education, and Legal Assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership

Higher Ed, Not Debt   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Home Owners for Better Building

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Institute for America’s Future

The Institute for College Access & Success   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Detailed Comments

LAF (formerly known as Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago)

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.

Legal Services NYC   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition

NAACP   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

National Association for College Admission Counseling   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Detailed Comments

National Association of Consumer Advocates   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

National Center for Law and Economic Justice   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients)   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

National Consumers League

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

National Education Association (NEA)

National Employment Lawyers Association

National Women Veterans Association of America

New Jersey Citizen Action

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

NYPIRG

Project on Predatory Student Lending of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Public Citizen   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Detailed Comments

Public Counsel   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Public Good Law Center   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Public Justice

Public Law Center   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Student Debt Crisis   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Student Veterans of America   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Detailed Comments

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG)

United States Student Association (USSA)

Veterans Education Success   Joint Letter   Joint Letter   Detailed Comments

Veterans for Common Sense   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Veterans’ Student Loan Relief Fund   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

VetJobs

VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association

Vietnam Veterans of America

Western New York Law Center

Woodstock Institute   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

Workplace Fairness

Young Invincibles   Joint Letter   Joint Letter

 

Our coalition’s outreach campaign resulted in more than 45,000 people across the country expressing support for a strong final rule. Special thanks to coalition partners CREDO, Student Debt Crisis, Americans for Financial Reform, Consumer Action, and TICAS for their outreach.

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