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CR Statement on Education Department decision to cancel loan debts for defrauded students

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Suzanne Martindale, senior policy counsel for Consumer Reports, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s decision late yesterday to cancel the loan debts of students who were negatively impacted by some of the recent for-profit school closures:

“This is a huge victory for the 15,000 students who were defrauded by Corinthian College and other scandal-ridden schools that closed in recent years.  But that’s only a small fraction of the number of borrowers who were saddled with debt after being cheated by predatory for-profit schools.  Secretary DeVos should end her efforts to weaken the borrower defense rule and provide all of these students with the relief they deserve.”

Michael McCauley, mmccauley@consumer.org, 415-902-9537 (cell), or 415-431-6747, ext. 7606