Coalition Letter on Improving the Relief Process for Defrauded Students

March 11, 2016

Letter from more than 30 organizations and advocates working on behalf of students, consumers, veterans, faculty and staff, civil rights and college access urging the U.S. Department of Education to discharge more quickly and efficiently the federal loans of defrauded students under current regulations, and to propose regulations that will make it easier, not harder, for such borrowers to get the relief they are entitled to under existing law. The letter expresses concern about the slow pace and small number of loan discharges approved to date and that many of the Department’s proposals in the current negotiated rulemaking process move in the wrong direction:  reducing eligibility for relief, pitting students against schools, and creating unnecessary burdens on students and the Department.