Arlington, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Education today announced that borrowers with successful borrower defense claims will be entitled to a rebuttable presumption of full student loan relief. This comes after a March 18, 2021, announcement that the Department was rescinding the 2019 guidance published by the Trump Administration and “adopting a streamlined approach for granting full relief under the regulations.”
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) President and CEO Dr. Jason Altmire had this to say in response to today's announcement:
"Students whose institutions mislead or defrauded them are entitled to relief on their federal student loans. However, the Department’s new policy creates a perverse incentive for the filing of frivolous claims. We call on the Department to immediately develop a clear and well-defined partial relief methodology that’s informed by feedback from impacted stakeholders and that’s fair for students, institutions, and taxpayers."
CECU continues to work with bipartisan allies in Congress to advocate for legislative reform to prevent fraudulent claims and protect student borrowers across all schools and all sectors. Additionally, CECU looks forward to working with the Department and other stakeholders during the upcoming negotiated rulemaking to further improve the borrower defense process.
Please direct media inquiries to Jenny Faubert, Vice President of Communications, at Jenny.Faubert@career.org