For-Profit Colleges Renew Efforts to Destroy Key Accountability Rule

For-Profit Colleges Renew Efforts to Destroy Key Accountability Rule

MARCH 13, 2017








Buoyed by the ascendancy of Donald Trump, America’s predatory for-profit colleges are renewing their multi-front fight to destroy a key measure to hold them accountable: the gainful employment rule. The new battle plan includes pushes in Congress and before the Betsy DeVos Department of Education, plus two new lawsuits aimed at the regulation, including one, in Arizona, that has not been previously reported. It looks like this harmful effort is rapidly gaining traction. Continue reading


Student loan defaults are rising faster than you think

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel March 14







Gan Gola of Los Angeles holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt during protests in Washington in 2011. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

A new analysis of federal student loans reveals that the number of people severely behind on repaying their debt has soared in the past year, painting a bleak picture of one of the largest government programs.

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) released a study Tuesday that found that millions of people had not made a payment on $137 billion in federal student loans for at least nine months in 2016, a 14 percent increase in defaults from a year earlier. The consumer watchdog used the latest data from the Education Department, which manages $1.3 trillion in federal student debt owed by 42.4 million Americans. Continue reading

Trump administration rolls back protections for people in default on student loans

Trump administration rolls back protections for people in default on student loans

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel March 17








President Trump listens as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a meeting with parents and teachers on Feb. 14 at the White House. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Days after a report on federal student loans revealed a double-digit rise in defaults, President Trump’s administration revoked federal guidance Thursday that barred student debt collectors from charging high fees on past-due loans. Continue reading