The Student Borrower Bankruptcy Relief Act of 2019 was introduced today by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and by U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-01) and John Katko (R-NY-24). This is potentially exciting news for graduates with crushing student loan debt. We will be closely following this bill as it makes its way through Congress.
The student loan debt crisis in the United States has been steadily worsening over the past 10 years. This month the total outstanding student debt reach a staggering high of $1.465 trillion! Data from the New York Federal Reserve indicates that the unrelenting climb in student loan debt shows no signs of slowing.
There can be nothing worse for a student than to have the whole school close down from underneath you, leaving you lost, dazed and confused. Now, it looks like 20,000 students of Brightwood College are locked out of school!
You can apply to have your Federal Student Loans taken out while you were attending the closed school administratively discharged. What does that mean? It means that the program offered by the U.S. Department of Education, your Direct Student Loan Lender, forgives the loan. The Dept. of Ed. lent you the funds to attend the close school, and their policy is such that if the school closes, it has the option to forgive the loan. However it is not automatic, and you have to qualify.
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette recently reported that President Trump's administration is granting only partial loan forgiveness to most students approved for help because of fraud by for-profit colleges.
The new administration has adopted a different approach to student loan forgiveness for students defrauded by for-profit colleges. President Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has rolled out a new policy of “Tiered Relief” in which defrauded students are compensated based on their earnings following completion of college programs.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is accusing the Department of Education of getting in the way of its lawsuit against a student loan giant. Last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit against student loan giant, Navient. That lawsuit alleged the student loan company caused borrowers to struggle unnecessarily by steering them towards repayment plans that weren’t in their best interests and ignoring borrowers’ instructions about how their payments should be allocated. Last week, in a letter submitted to the judge overseeing the case, the CFPB claims that Navient isn’t producing documents requested as part of the case that are “essential to identifying the universe of harmed consumers,” because they don’t have permission from the Department of Education.