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January 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - From January 8-11, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) hosted the second of three negotiated rulemaking sessions on its Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule. The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and other advocates are working with DOE officials to strike an agreement to protect students defrauded by their schools. “We remain concerned that the outcome of this process will be a rule that further insulates bad institutional actors from accountability and effectively denies relief to many defrauded students,” said CRL Counsel Ashley Harrington, who is currently one of...
December 13, 2017
Bill to dismantle higher education opportunity passes committee after late night vote and without bipartisan support WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, shortly after midnight, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed the PROSPER Act, a bill to eliminate important programs and safeguards that make higher education accessible and affordable for low-income students. The bill was approved without bipartisan support after a daylong debate and markup procedure where Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and other sponsors of the legislation summarily denied nearly all 40 amendments submitted...
December 11, 2017
Interactive Map and Fact Sheets Break Down Numbers DURHAM, N.C. – The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released, “The State of For-Profit Colleges” today, featuring an interactive map that enumerates for-profit colleges by state and fact sheets that indicate, in most states, the disproportionate harms on low-income families, communities of color and women. With certain exceptions, the scroll-over map shows for each state: Total undergraduate enrollment at all higher education institutions, Total undergraduate enrollment at all for-profit colleges, and The three largest for...
December 1, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Committee on Education and the Workforce is expected to begin deliberations next week on a proposal for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The prior reauthorization expired in 2013 and was extended.  The Congressional Budget Office is also expected to score the bill over the next few days.   In an initial review of the major changes in the legislation, Ashley Harrington, a policy counsel with the Center for Responsible Lending made the following statement:  The proposed legislation is yet another boost for the private...
November 30, 2017
OAKLAND, CALIF. –  On November 29, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued Ashford University, a for-profit and online college based in San Diego. The suit alleges that Ashford made false promises and provided false information to boost enrollment.  Illegal debt collection practices and misleading information given to investors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are also alleged.  In response, Graciela Aponte-Diaz, Center for Responsible Lending’s California Policy Director made the following statement: Once again, a for-profit college is...
November 30, 2017
Negotiated rule making process will include various education and consumer advocates from across the country. *Advisory for Monday, Dec 4 to Thursday, Dec 7, 2017* WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, December 4, 2017, at approximately 9 a.m. ET the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) along with various advocacy organizations including the Maryland Consumer Rights Center, will participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) negotiated rulemaking process on the Gainful Employment (GE) Rule. This will be the second of two negotiated rulemakings where CRL is representing...
November 10, 2017
Advisory for Monday, Nov. 13 to Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 Negotiated rule making process will include various education and consumer advocates from across the country. WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, November 13, 2017, at approximately 9 a.m. ET the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) along with various advocacy organizations including Consumers Union will participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) negotiated rulemaking process on the Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule. This will be one of three meetings where CRL and other participants will gather with DOE officials to...
October 18, 2017
A lawsuit filed yesterday by 17 states and the District of Columbia accuses Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of illegally delaying enforcement of a rule designed to eliminate federal education funding from low-performing career college programs. The rule known as gainful employment was adopted by the previous administration in response to widespread concerns over the quality of instruction at these institutions. In recent years, a series of lawsuits brought by states and federal agencies challenged whether taxpayer-funded educational assistance was reaped a fair return. The rule known as...
October 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its annual Student Loan Ombudsman Report. Over the past year, the Bureau received nearly 23,000 complaints involving private student loans, federal student loan servicing and related debt collections. Additionally, the report recounts in detail how borrowers of all ages are experiencing difficulties accessing consumer protections authorized by existing laws and regulation. In response to the report, Whitney Barkley-Denney, a policy counsel and student loan specialist with the Center for Responsible Lending...
September 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts and their debt collector, Transworld Systems, Inc. together filed more than 2,000 illegal student loan debt collection lawsuits between 2001 and 2007. The actions were violations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act. Specifically, the lawsuits filed lacked required documentation and included both false and misleading affidavits. Many of the lawsuits pursued debts the trusts could not prove were owed. Additionally at least another...

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