Senate Votes to Restore Protections for Students, Overturn Borrower Defense Rule

March 11, 2020

Today, the Senate voted 53-42 to pass H.J. Res. 76, restoring stronger borrower defense protections. The borrower defense to repayment rule allows students to discharge student loans tied to fraud and other illegal conduct by their colleges. In September, the Trump Administration rewrote the rule, and it will require 97 percent of students cheated by their colleges to repay...


House Votes to Restore Protections for Students, Overturn Borrower Defense Rule

January 16, 2020

The borrower defense rule protects students by discharging loans tied to fraud and other illegal conduct by their colleges. In September, the Trump Administration rewrote the rule, and it will leave 97 percent of students cheated by their colleges having to repay their student loan debt. Meanwhile, more than 220,000 students are still waiting for the Department of Education...


Coalition Letter in Support of Repealing the 2019 Borrower Defense Rule

December 9, 2019

In September, the Department of Education released a new version of the "Borrower Defense to Repayment" rule that would make it virtually impossible for students cheated by their college to cancel their student loans. Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Susie Lee have introduced a Congressional Review Act challenge to repeal this rule and restore stronger student protections


Top 10 Ways the New Borrower Defense Rule is Worse for Borrowers

September 23, 2019

Federal law allows students whose schools have defrauded or cheated them to have their loans discharged.  In 2016, the Obama Administration issued a rule to articulate clear processes for applying for and granting borrower defense discharges. Today, the Trump Administration released a new rule that will make it almost impossible for students to get relief.