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December 4, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Friday evening that the Trump Administration will extend the federal student loan repayment forbearance, including suspension of interest accrual and collections activity, through Jan. 31, 2021. Center for Responsible Lending Federal Advocacy Director and Senior Counsel Ashley Harrington released the following statement: While we are relieved that payments will not resume in January, a one-month extension is insufficient. Congress needs to approve a stimulus relief package that will pause student loan payments for the...
December 3, 2020
Durham, NC — Over half (55%) of surveyed North Carolinians with student debt who earn less than $50,000 in annual income report a decrease in their household income since the onset of COVID-19, according to a Morning Consult survey commissioned by the Center for Responsible Lending. Despite a pause in payments for many student loan borrowers as provided in the relief CARES Act, nearly three quarters (73%) report stress associated with their student debt. More than two-thirds (69%) report they would have trouble with unexpected financial emergencies or are falling behind in their finances...
November 23, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) released a policy report illustrating a path out of the student debt crisis and proposing solutions for a more equitable and efficient higher education system. Road to Relief: Supporting Federal Student Loan Borrowers During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond lays out a roadmap with four recommendations for policymakers to provide substantial relief to student borrowers as they navigate the COVID-19 public health crisis and recession, allowing them to emerge with greater financial...
November 18, 2020
Washington, D.C. — Today, over 235 organizations sent a letter to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris, calling on them to use executive authority to cancel federal student debt on day one of their administration. In the letter, 238 nonprofit and community organizations highlight that cancelling student debt would stimulate the economy, help reduce the racial wealth gap, and could have a positive impact on health outcomes. The groups write that “executive action is one of the few available tools that could immediately provide a boost to upwards of 44 million borrowers and...
November 12, 2020
DURHAM, N.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending released a report outlining higher education policy recommendations that states should enact to avoid repeating the unequal recovery of 2010, as our nation deals with the dual crises of an out-of-control pandemic and the resulting economic collapse. The CRL report, “System Reboot: Challenges & Opportunities at the State Level for Higher Education During COVID-19 & Beyond,” recommends states take steps in the following areas to protect students most impacted by disruptions to their college education and the burdens of...
September 17, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) unveiled a resolution urging President Donald Trump to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student debt through executive action. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Federal Advocacy Director and Senior Counsel Ashley Harrington released the following statement: We applaud Senators Warren and Schumer for drafting a plan that would provide crucial student debt relief to at least 44 million borrowers who owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loans. The current public health and economic crisis caused by the...
July 15, 2020
Student Debt Cancellation Will Boost the Economy and Create Jobs Washington, D.C. — Today, 101 civil rights, consumer and advocacy organizations and think tanks sent a joint letter to House and Senate leadership, urging them to include student debt cancellation in the next economic stimulus package. Led by Center for Responsible Lending, American for Financial Reform, Demos, and Freedom to Prosper, the letter stresses the ways that if left unaddressed, the student debt trap will deepen our current recession, slow our economic recovery, exacerbate inequality, and deepen a crisis already...
May 29, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump vetoed H.J. Res. 76, a resolution which would have invalidated the Department of Education’s 2019 harmful Borrower Defense (BD) Rule. The 2019 rule weakens accountability for predatory for-profit colleges and prevents defrauded students from accessing relief. Center for Responsible Lending Federal Advocacy Director and Senior Counsel Ashley Harrington released the following statement: Despite bipartisan Congressional support, and advocacy by several veterans groups, the Trump Administration has once again chosen to shield predatory for-...
May 15, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), the latest legislative response to the unprecedented COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Federal Advocacy Director and Senior Counsel Ashley Harrington issued the following statement: The HEROES Act shows strong promise and addresses important needs of low-wealth families impacted by COVID-19, such as mortgage and forbearance relief, extended unemployment benefits and food assistance, and protections against harmful debt collection activities and...
May 12, 2020
“A majority of Americans across all regions of the U.S. support permanently reducing student loan debt by $20,000 for all borrowers.” WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) released a bipartisan poll today showing that Americans around the country and across partisan identities strongly support student debt reduction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the poll indicates that a majority of adults support at least $20,000 in student debt reduction. Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting designed this...

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