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July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Attorneys General from 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, filed a lawsuit against Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education over the department’s decision to halt the Borrower Defense to Repayment rule, which is meant to protect federal student loan borrowers from abusive for-profit colleges and provide relief for students defrauded by them. The suit is led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Counsel Ashley Harrington released the following statement: These Attorneys General are setting an...
June 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced its decision to rollback important rules that protect students from the abusive practices of predatory for-profit institutions—the Borrower Defense to Repayment and Gainful Employment regulations. The announcement detailed not just delays in implementation and enforcement of the current rules but an entirely new rulemaking process. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Policy Counsel Whitney Barkley-Denney released the following statement: We are deeply disappointed in the Trump Administration’s continued effort to put...
May 31, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced the launch of DeVos Watch, a new online resource that will elevate emerging issues affecting actions and developments pursued by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The online platform will be hosted on Senator Warren's website. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Counsel Ashley Harrington released the following statement: We applaud Senator Warren's leadership for holding Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education accountable to students and parents. This new resource will be valued not...
May 23, 2017
The Department of Education Budget Cuts Funds from Better Alternatives to Predatory For-Profits and Eliminates Aids to Debt Reduction WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) assessed that cuts of $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives announced in the Department of Education’s proposed budget include measures that will drive low-income college students to for-profit colleges that leave them with heavy debt and frequently, no degrees. The budget is also expected to exacerbate the explosive burden of student loan debt that now follows millions of...
May 22, 2017
New Rules Will Create a Monopoly for a Single Servicer and Eliminate Requirements for Several Important Services WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) expressed concern that new requirements released by the U.S. Department of Education in its contract solicitation for a future loan servicer will narrow the nation’s student loan servicers from nine to a single servicer, essentially creating a monopoly over management of a $1.3 trillion loan portfolio. The requirements also eliminate several services that the former administration had expected of student loan...
April 20, 2017
A new report released today by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) shows that students at Maine’s for-profit colleges carry higher levels of debt, borrow in higher percentages, and have worse repayment rates on that debt compared to their peers at public and private non-profit institutions. These debt burdens fall especially heavily on African-Americans, women, and low-income students, who are disproportionately enrolled in for-profit colleges in the state. CRL analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education and found the following: The for-profit sector enrolls 6% of all...
March 13, 2017
A new report released today by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) shows that four-year for-profit colleges in Connecticut are leaving students with lower graduation rates, higher debt loads, and high default rates. These difficulties fall especially heavily on students of color, who are disproportionately enrolled in for-profit colleges in across the state. CRL analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education and found the following: For-profit college students in Connecticut are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic. While 11.1% of all Connecticut undergraduates...
January 19, 2017
Suit against Navient underscores need to keep the CFPB undisturbed with Richard Cordray as director. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it is suing Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae and the nation’s largest servicer of both federal and private student loans, over allegations that it routinely cheated borrowers out of their right to lower loan repayments based on their income. Navient also failed to properly apply payments, steered borrowers toward costlier repayment plans, and buried information that could have both lowered payments and let borrowers release...
January 19, 2017
Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released research showing troubling outcomes at Colorado’s four-year for-profit colleges. For-profit colleges leave students with lower graduation rates, higher debt loads, and higher defaults on that debt. These difficulties fall especially heavily on students of color, who are disproportionately enrolled in for-profit colleges in Colorado. CRL analyzed date from the U.S. Department of Education and found the following: The graduation rate at Colorado’s four-year for-profit schools averaged only 26% -- only one out of four students...
January 5, 2017
Research released earlier today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that a growing number of consumers aged 60 or older are struggling financially to repay student loans. The majority of these loans were either co-signed or borrowed on behalf of younger family members. From 2005 to 2015, the number of senior citizens affected quadrupled from 700,000 to 2.8 million. The average debt owed by older borrowers also doubled during this time period from $12,000 to $23,500.  Since 2015, nearly 40 percent of older federal student loan borrowers aged 65 or older were in...

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